The latest wallet scam you need to know about

A 94-year-old great grandmother has become the target of a new wallet scam, with police also warning the public to

A 94-year-old great grandmother has become the target of a new wallet scam, with police also warning the public to stay vigilant.

After losing her wallet last week, Lucy French received a phone call from a man claiming to be her bank manager.

The man pretended Lucy’s wallet had been handed in, and that he was phoning to verify her personal details.

After giving personal information over the phone, Lucy was told to collect her wallet from the local bank branch. However on arrival, bank staff knew nothing about the situation.

Upon further investigation, $4100 had been withdrawn using Lucy’s savings and credit cards. A further $500 in cash had been taken from her wallet, meaning she’s lost close to $5000.

Lucy told local media that the scam has left her feeling betrayed. “I just felt flat, absolutely flat”, she said.

Meanwhile, Lucy’s family have condemned the scammers for targeting vulnerable, older people:¬†“Mum lives her life trusting people and to be so violated is so distressing”.

“(The scammer) would’ve known that he had an easy target, and it saddens me to think that people can stoop so low”, Lucy’s daughter added.

Police are hoping to use CCTV footage to identify this scamming thief, but are warning the public never to disclose personal details over the phone.

ScamWatch has also reminded Australians about these telltale warning signs. The ways to spot a phone scam might include:

– You receive a call out of the blue
– The caller claims to be from a government department you’ve never heard of
– The caller claims to be from a bank branch you’ve never personally visited
– The caller asks for an upfront payment of a few hundred dollars (typically calling it a donation, administration fee or tax)
– The caller asks for this payment to be sent overseas via a wire transfer service
– The caller provides you with an unusual reference number, or a VOIP return phone number
– The caller might offer to deliver a cheque to your house after you pay upfront costs

Could you spot the signs of a phone scam? Isn’t it disgusting that scammers are targeting older Australians?

  1. I have not heard of this scam before but can understand why an upset lady, having just lost her wallet, would fall for it. I do hope the lost money is covered by the bank’s insurance I am so sick of the almost daily phone calls from the scammers that I have purchased an umpire’s whistle and the next scammer is going to get a blast. The latest two I have had has been the “I’m from an insurance company and someone at this address was in an accident in the last two years and you are due for $***** compensation” and “I’m from a government agent and your bank owes you…” The last call I received was on my mobile and I think the man may already have a hearing problem after I literally screamed at him for a minute or so. He didn’t even have the sense to hang up, just kept reading from his script.

  2. We have had them call about owing back taxes, and that theres a warrent out for our arrest, 5 times, ltold them lknew it was a s am and not to ring again, but they still leave the message on the phone and we just ignore it

  3. Utterly despicable low life, targetting the eldrely is becoming a national pasttime; I am sick of all the rogues who phone: I tell them I’m reporting them to scamwatch or the federal police. Have you noticed how many of them now have ‘private’ numbers so the number isn’t identified on the phone screen?

  4. Never ever give out personal info. Tell them you will call them back. Sad world that we live in.

  5. If someone says that they have your wallet, purse or handbag and they need to verify who you are, tell them you’ll bring some identification with you when you go to pick it up. Never, ever give out personal details on the phone, ever, ever. At worst, ask them who they are, look the number up in the phone book and call them back.

  6. Hard to believe that people still fall for this kind of scam – really sad. Yes, low life who do it. And where are the TV ads etc to warn those who are vulnerable?

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