New Centrelink scam targeting Toowoomba residents
YOUR SAY: A message on my phone stated Centrelink sent me a letter that I did not answer and there are changes to my pension and my wife's pension.
They owed us back pay.
I was advised to call a number and quote a reference number which I did.
I was advised my pension and my wife's pension payments were incorrect. I then gave our pension numbers so he could check our details and adjust the payments. We were told we were owed $3547.00 in back payments.
This would be delivered to our house by cheque the next day. I was advised to go to Woolworth or Coles etc and ask for two Apple iTunes cards worth $300 each so the payment would proceed.
It was at this time I realised that I was being conned, so I went along with his scam. I was to ring him and ask for Adam on extension 19 and give him the two card numbers so he could activate them and arrange payment.
I said I did not have the car and my wife would be home at 6pm so I would go to the supermarket when she got home. He stated his office closed at 6pm and I was to get a taxi and get the cards and he would give me the money back for the taxi.
He said he would ring back just before 6pm and get the card numbers.
I jumped in my car and went straight to Centrelink to warn them of the scam and was told it was a scam and luckily I did not follow his instructions.
Then I went to police station and was told to send this information to Scamwatch.
Darryl Williams, Harristown