An offer too good to resist... if it wasn't a scam

HUNG UP: David Mighell is warning residents to be wary of telephone scams.
HUNG UP: David Mighell is warning residents to be wary of telephone scams. Zach Hogg

ALARM bells rang for David Mighell when he received a phone call from someone with a thick foreign accent offering him a $7000 refund.

Mr Mighell claims he received a phone call from someone posing as an Australian government employee, informing him that the government had made a mistake in its calculations and he was entitled to the substantial refund.

According to Mr Mighell, he was asked to confirm his personal details and whether he would like the money returned in his bank account or posted out to him in a cheque.

"I knew straight away that that's a scam. The government doesn't do that," Mr Mighell said.

"Even if they had (made a mistake), they'd actually send you a letter or go through your accountant or something like that."

It was only when Mr Mighell challenged the person on the other end of the phone that the conversation ended, with the caller terminating the call.

While Mr Mighell didn't get caught out, he wants warn others about the scam.

"I'm concerned about people who might get sucked into the scam," he said.

"You read about it all the time and you think why do people get sucked into it so easily, but it happens."

Mr Mighell advised residents not to buy into the scam and instead hang up if they received a similar phone call.

Topics:  scams

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