Rockhampton’s Elaine Pedersen with a scam letter posted to her home from London.
Rockhampton’s Elaine Pedersen with a scam letter posted to her home from London. CHRIS ISON CI

Scam frightens Rocky woman

IT’S just another scam, but 70-year-old Rockhampton woman Elaine Pedersen has been left frightened.

“I just don’t understand how they got a hold of my full name and address. It’s very worrying,” Elaine said after she received this suspicious letter in the mail on Tuesday.

Elaine isn’t the only scam target of late.

A number of Queensland residents have been sent letters purporting to be from a Spanish solicitor or banker, according to The Office of Fair Trading.

The letter promises the delivery of millions of dollars upon the response of the recipient.

Fake contact details, including a phone number, fax and email address are included.

Elaine said although she didn’t respond to the letter, which was posted from London, she was concerned the devious con artists were attacking elderly people.

“I just want to warn other elderly people that it’s happening,” she said.

But it’s not the only scam doing the rounds at the moment.

The Office of Fair Trading revealed that emails which claim the recipient has the right to collect substantial amounts of money have landed in the inbox of many Queenslanders.

These types of scams often work by initially enticing the interest of a consumer with the promise of money, before requesting payment to cover administration fees and taxes.

The messages often have legitimate looking logos and wording to give the look of authenticity.

It is possible that a resident’s personal information could be obtained for the purpose of identity fraud.

The Office of Fair Trading encourages Queenslanders to be aware of scams they may receive in the mail or online, and to protect their personal and financial information.

A spokesperson from Fair Trading said it was important for Queenslanders to be aware that these scams.

For more information on protecting yourself from scams, visit www.fairtrading.qld.gov.au or phone 13 13 04.

PROTECT YOURSELF

To protect yourself against scams:

  • Always be wary of any unsolicited contact from people or companies you have never heard of;
  • Say no to any offer that makes you feel uncomfortable or puts you under pressure;
  • Ask for more information and seek independent professional advice before you make any decisions or commit any money to a scheme;
  • Use common sense and be sceptical about offers from overseas, particularly from entities you are not used to dealing with or who cannot provide basic assurances about the delivery of a product or service.


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