Beware of phoney call centre offer

Maree Nielsen fell victim to a call centre scam and is speaking out to warn others.
Maree Nielsen fell victim to a call centre scam and is speaking out to warn others. Rob Wright

A CALL centre scam, with a convincing con-woman promising cash and a computer, has left a Toormina mum $300 out of pocket.

Maree Nielsen said she was in need of a new computer for her commercial cleaning business and had just spoken to a bank representative about the need to pay off her credit card when the costly call came in.

Ms Nielsen said "Jennifer" rang and said she had been randomly selected to win a laptop and $5000 cash.

It was conveyed as "a helping small business initiative" run in partnership with the Federal Government and Commonwealth Bank.

"She said a courier would come to my door with the cheque and computer and that I needed to post $300 to cover the international tax," Ms Nielsen said.

"I had just been telling the man from the bank that I would need to win the lottery to pay off my credit cards and thought that maybe he had recommended me."

Ms Nielsen said she was directed to send the $300 to the name of Remish Remish, which she thought was strange.

"When I was standing in the post office about to send the money I felt funny. I should have known."

When the courier didn't come, Ms Nielsen took her story to the police, the Department of Fair Trading, Parliament House and A Current Affair.

Ms Nielsen has accepted that she won't get her money back.

"It is not the $300 that bothers me, it's the thought that other people may be losing the last of their pension to this scam.

"My 73-year-old mum who has a different last name was also contacted by "Jennifer" who tried to scam her with a slightly different angle.

"Beware of a caller with an Indian accent who may call herself 'Jennifer'."

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