Elderly residents on the Coffs Coast are being preyed on by over the phone scammers.
Elderly residents on the Coffs Coast are being preyed on by over the phone scammers.

Elderly residents stung by phone refund scam

A COFFS Harbour retiree is among the elderly victims of scammers who are swindling cash by offering people bogus over the phone refunds on bills.

The woman, who lives at a local retirement village was fleeced by the sham.

She was called and told she was entitled to a $4288 refund on her phone and power bills.

The money would come, she was advised, after $290 was deposited into a Western Union bank account.

The scammers gave the woman a reference number, AT100, and contact details for the manager of the reclaim department, purported to be Steve Harmilson.

She's not the only one to be hoodwinked, according to NSW Fair Trading.

Lynton Thompson is warning fellow pensioners about a telephone bank refund scam.
Lynton Thompson is warning fellow pensioners about a telephone bank refund scam. Bruce Thomas

"No government agency will make calls like this," Mr Stowe said.

"It's a total scam and people should warn their family, friends and neighbours not to respond to these offers."

Anyone who thought they had been scammed should contact their bank and the Fair Trading Department.


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