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Scammers pose as Centrelink workers

The Nigerian scam has a new form: the Indian Centrelink scam.

Scammers have been ringing Australians claiming they’ll receive a large Centrelink payment if they transfer hundreds of dollars into an Indian account.

A man in Western Australia was asked to transfer $300 to India in return for $3000, while an elderly Queensland resident was asked to send $800 through Western Union, also in return for $3000.

Federal Human Services Minister Tanya Plibersek said people in Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania and Queensland had reported being targeted by scammers purporting to be Centrelink workers in recent months.

“We have received several reports of people making phone calls claiming customers will receive a large Centrelink payment when they transfer several hundred dollars to a designated bank account,” Ms Plibersek said.

“Centrelink never asks its customers to transfer funds and I urge people not to send money to anyone they don’t know.”

The scam is a variation of the “Nigerian 419 scam” where people are contacted via email or letter and asked to transfer money in return for a substantial reward.


June 20, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized


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