Low-lifes hitting Ipswich residents in scam
CROOKS identifying themselves as members of a fictitious Australian Government department and asking for money have been targeting Ipswich residents with a devious scam.
Blair MP Shayne Neumann has warned people not to be fooled by the fraudulent attempts to fleece them of funds.
His office had received numerous complaints about the scam.
"These crooks and fraudsters are going through Ipswich phone books," Mr Neumann said.
"Someone identifies themselves as a member of the Australian Government reclaim department, but there is no such department.
"The caller explains that the government owes the person who gets the phone call $5000, but the resident will have to pay a few hundred dollars in administration fees or taxes.
"Then they ask the resident for their date of birth. Then the caller, who is the scammer, gives the resident a case number and a phone number to advance the issue that looks like a Sydney number."
One of the numbers given is 02 8091 7077 although other numbers with different endings have also been provided by the scammers.
Mr Neumann said residents should be suspicious of people claiming to be from a government department or bank asking for personal details or money in return for money.
Residents can report any such scams to scamwatch.gov.au or ring 1300 795 995.