COMMENT: Phone scams on the rise

HOPEFULLY most QT readers would be aware of the fake ATO telephone scam that has been doing the rounds over the last few years.

Unfortunately, these days, we all have to be aware that the person on the other end of the phone line might not be who they claim to be.

Older residents are particularly at risk, because it wasn't all that long ago when you could generally trust a person that called you out of the blue and claimed they were from a bank or a government agency.

The latest suspected phone scam that has been brought to our attention was in the form of an automated voice phone call that one of our readers received yesterday.

The robot caller, claiming to be from Centrelink, provided a range of keypad options for the recipient regarding a back-dated pay rise. It just so happens that the person who received the call has not had any recent dealings with Centrelink, so they were sceptical from the beginning.

We are keen to hear from anyone else who may have received any suspicious calls claiming to be from Centrelink or any other government agency recently. Contact us in the QT office on 3817 1790.