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Scam Takes Thousands From Prossy Resident

No prize winners here – beware of this scam text message, Proserpine

A retired resident of Proserpine has lost thousands after interacting with a text message received on her mobile phone.

On May 16 at about 2.50pm the resident received a message stating that she had been selected on a commercial company’s month of May customer list.

A link was provided and the recipient was encouraged to interact with the link to claim their winnings.

This is where the story gets very nasty…

The retiree contacted her daughter on social media to seek their opinion on whether the message was genuine or not.

Her daughter responded to advise that she had received a similar text message and to proceed to see what she has won.

The retiree is encouraged by her daughter to communicate with a nominated individual from the commercial company who will be able to assist her with claiming her winnings.

The retiree contacts this individual from the company who advised her of the fees which must be paid to release her winnings.

It was explained that multiple fees are required to be paid, almost $5,000 in fact.

However, the retiree did not receive any of her ‘winnings’ and she then contacts her daughter by phone to advise of this.

Her daughter explained that her social media account had been hacked weeks ago, she has had no control over it since and had no knowledge of the communication made with her mother about the so called winnings.

Thousands of dollars were lost.

Almost definitely malware has been planted on the victim’s mobile device following interactions with the links involved in the messages.

Identifying information will be in the scammers possession.

Unexpected prizes and lottery scams are not new – learn more about them from the scamwatch website here.

The extra layer of complication in this instance was that the retiree had suspicions from the outset about whether or not the offer was in fact genuine.

She took steps to confirm what her next step should be by communicating with someone she trusted.

It was certainly not expected that she was in fact speaking to another scammer.

If you ever receive an offer which seems too good to be true, whether it is received by phone, mail, text, email or social media, proceed with caution.

If you have lost any identifying information or money through a scam of a similar nature we encourage you to contact the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) as soon as possible.

Don’t forget, if you have lost zero money, but a scammer has somehow recieved your identifying information, this can be the more harmful situation of the two.

ID CARE is an organisation designed to assist victims of identity crime.

They will help you regain control of your identity and reduce the damage.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.