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.

Elderly people are being targeted by scammers in Toowoomba (generic photo).
Elderly people are being targeted by scammers in Toowoomba (generic photo).

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


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