Phone scammers target elderly

SCAMMERS: Tony Arnold says the scammers deliberately target the elderly.
SCAMMERS: Tony Arnold says the scammers deliberately target the elderly.

A local man wishes to warn people of the Lower Eyre Peninsula about scammers, who he says have been targeting the elderly to steal their credit card information.

Tony Arnold said his friend, who is more than 80 years old, had a scammer call her on Monday, July 9, claiming to be from the National Broadband Network and asking for credit card information.

He said the scammer threatened to cut off her home phone if she did not provide the credit card details.

Mr Arnold then said his friend, who did not want to be named, provided her credit card details out of fear.

Her credit card was soon cancelled, however a short time later a man claiming to be from Telstra rang and asked her to buy a $500 iTunes gift voucher.

After Mr Arnold was handed his friends mobile phone, the scammer hung up.

“I know and can see it (the scams)...they’re targeting the really old people, those who aren’t tech savvy in their efforts to defraud them of money,” Mr Arnold said.

“I just hate it when people get taken advantage of because they’re not tech savvy...I don’t like it at all.

“She’s still shaken up.”

Mr Arnold said people had also tried to scam him via email by sending him emails from addresses which looked like they were from well known domains.

He advised people to double check details before handing out their personal information.