Con artists are again impersonating ASIC in an effort to scam money out of consumers and the regulator is now warning Australians to be ‘wary’ of cold callers claiming to represent ASIC (Australian Securities and Investments Commission).
“These offshore cold callers claim that your credit union, building society or bank have overcharged you and ask for your personal bank details,” reads an ASIC statement released yesterday. “These calls are a scam, and ASIC warns anyone who is contacted to hang up.”
If you think you may have been a victim of this scam or believe your account may have been compromised, ASIC senior leader, stakeholder services, Warren Day, says to contact your credit union, building society or bank immediately.
“We suspect this is a follow-up scam intended to trick you into providing your personal details. We ask the public to be cautious of calls like these. If you receive an unexpected call from someone in these circumstances, no matter who they claim to be, the best protection is to simply hang up.”
If you receive a phone call or email out of the blue requesting your personal or banking information, hang up or delete the email and block the sender
Never send money or give your financial details to someone you don’t trust or know
If the caller or sender claims to be from a government agency or financial institution, remember that government departments and financial institutions would never ask you for your personal details via cold calls, email or text message
If you’ve provided your bank account or credit card details to a scammer, contact your bank or financial institution immediately
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