Wake-up to scammers says local

A PHONE and computer banking scam promising people thousands of dollars of reimbursed bank fees and claiming to have large tax rebates or returns to offer has hit Emerald and the Central Highlands.

A local businessman almost fell foul of it last week and is warning others to be wary and awake to the scam.

“I found it in my email, I was promised 277 British pounds,” the man told Central Queensland News.

“It alleged it was an income tax repayment after my records had been investigated over the last five years.”

Queensland Country Credit Union said it was the latest in a series of sophisticated schemes to cheat people out of their money.

“The latest phone scam promises a refund of several thousand dollars in overcharged bank fees and there is the email scam offering previously miscalculated tax refunds,” QCCU chief executive Aileen Cull said.

“To release the funds they ask for an administration fee and they claim to be from quite reputable organisations.

“No reputable organisation would contact you and ask you to pay a fee to have funds reimbursed.”

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