Denmark targeted in NBN scam

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Denmark phone numbers are being targeted by scammers pretending to be from NBN, who are conning their victims to give up money and personal information.

The Australia Competition and Consumer Competition has issued the warning to the community on Scamwatch.

Scamwatch has received over 300 complaints this year where scammers are impersonating the NBN.

ACCC Deputy Chairman Delia Rickard said that scammers are often using trusted government brands to trick people.

“Their goal is always to either get hold of your money or personal information,”she said.

“Australians over 65 are particularly vulnerable to this scam with fraudsters using phone calls to target their victims.”

She confirmed that the NBN will never try to phone people out of the blue to try and convince signing up to services.

“NBN is a wholesaler meaning they don’t sell direct to the public,

“If you get an unsolicited call like this, it’s a big red flag that you’re dealing with a scammer.”

She said that it is also a scam if they claim to be NBN calling to remotely ‘fix’ a computer problem or ask for bank account and Medicare numbers.

“Don’t listen to the reasons they give you for needing this information,

“Finally, if someone ever asks you to pay for a service using iTunes gift cards, it is 100 per cent a scam.”

If anyone believes that they might have provided bank account or card details to a scammer you should contact your financial institution.

Scamwatch radar alerts are available for up-to-date warnings.

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