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Police are warning people to wary of phone scams. (File pic)
Police are warning people to wary of phone scams. (File pic)

Police are warning people to hang up straight away if they receive a phonecall from anyone saying they have a virus on their computer, and that they must purchase iTunes cards.

The warning follows an incident in Ballina on 1 July where a resident received a phonecall from someone pretending to be from Telstra.

The victim was told hackers had attacked her wifi and she was convinced to download ‘viewshare’ onto her computer.

Police said she was then convinced to to buy thirty $100 itunes cards and read the numbers out over the phone.

The caller was very convincing and kept the victim on the phone while she drove to the shops and made the purchases.

The victim was told that they were doing a great thing for Australia.

Police said it was the second ‘Telstra’ fraud reported in the last few days.

The itunes cards have already been cashed in, probably overseas.

Police also warned shopkeepers to be wary of someone buying large numbers of iTunes cards.

‘If they say that they were asked to by someone on the phone advise them that it is a scam,’ police said.

 

 


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  1. This is true. My home has been called twice today by the scammers with an Indian accent asking that we will run out of wifi. They told me to go on the computer but but say are with Telstra, but my wifi company isn’t even Telstra! Obviously it sounded suspicious so I called my wifi company myself and then I went on this website.

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