Scam targets older people

Scammers have stolen $3000 from an elderly Colac district man, posing as callers from Telstra and luring him into buying iTunes cards.

Scammers have stolen $3000 from an elderly Colac district man, posing as callers from Telstra and luring him elderly Colac district man.

Colac police are urging local residents to be wary of phone scams and are also asking businesses selling iTunes cards to take notice of customers, particularly older people, spending large amounts of money on the Apple product vouchers.

Constable Rob Ashton said he received a complaint about a scam caller offering a mobile phone deal with a rebate to go into the victim’s account.

He said the deal involved the victim needing $3000 in iTunes cards, with a promise that money would go back into the victim’s account.

Const Ashton said it was almost impossible to get money back for people who had been scammed using iTunes cards.

He said scammers were targeting older people and he urged people to make themselves aware of scams, with information on the Scamwatch website, and encouraged families to talk to elderly relatives about the scams.

But Const Ashton said businesses selling iTunes cards could also play their part in reducing the number of scam victims.

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