Scammers imitating Centrelink officers

THE Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is warning people of scammers who are imitating Department of Human Services or Centrelink officers to trick people into handing over their money or personal details.

The ACCC has received a spike in contacts about fake rebate scams in which the scammer claims to be from Centrelink or the Department of Human Services.

About 100 people contacted the ACCC about this scam last month, compared with 20 reports in May.

Several people have reported losing more than $3000 to this scam in the past six months, with 300 contacts in that time.

The Queensland Police Service said it was working with other relevant agencies regarding the illegal access of an IT database from TAFE Queensland and the Department of Education and Training.

Anyone with information can phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at acorn.gov.au

You can report scams to the ACCC via scamwatch.gov.au or by phoning 1300795995.



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