Scammers try new tricks on unsuspecting targets
PAUL Denholm didn't know what he was getting himself into when he went online to receive a special offer from a company he knew and trusted.
The 73-year-old from Yarraman registered his details online and has been receiving scams in the mail, email, online and by phone ever since.
"There are all types of different scams, supposedly from different people," Mr Denholm said.
"They're all from overseas and addressed personally."
His most recent letter was last week from the Shanghai Commercial Bank, claiming a deceased person had left him $83 million.
The scams continued to harass Mr Denholm and his wife despite changing address and email accounts.
Senior Sergeant of Kingaroy Police Station Duane Frank said there was little that could be done if money had been handed over.
"The problem is you'll never know where the scam is coming from," Snr Sgt Frank said.
"They could be ringing from India, Vietnam or Thailand and there's only so much Australian police can do."
Snr Sgt Frank said there had been calls in the South Burnett from scammers falsely claiming to be from the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions and the Australian Tax Office with a warrant for the individual's arrest.
"As soon as people say they're going to get the police and you'll be arrested unless you hand the money over, that's a warning sign," he said.
"If you're subject to any investigation by police, that's done in person - certainly not negotiated over the phone."
Snr Sgt Frank said everyone should be aware of scammers and to treat anything to do with money with precaution.
"Secure your passwords as best you can and understand that anything you're doing on social media will be out there for the world to see," he said.
"A definite no no is to not ever provide your credit card details to a source you don't completely know or trust."
The elderly or those who are retired can be more at risk of scams as the scammers are deceptive and convincing.
"People always fall for the stories," Snr Sgt Frank said.