Aussies warned about carbon tax scams

Thursday 14 July 2011

Article by Mozo

The credit card and bank account details of Aussies are being targeted by con artists who are calling people offering carbon tax compensation.

Aussies warned against phone scam

An alert from SCAMwatch warned consumers not to pass on the details of their bank accounts if contacted, noting that the federal government will never ask for this information.

According to the body, up to $5,000 is being offered to those who are contacted.

"If you receive a phone call out of the blue asking for your bank account or personal details, or claiming you need to pay money to receive a compensation payment, hang up immediately," it urged.

SCAMwatch urged Aussies never to provide their personal details over the phone and to be on the alert for any communications claiming to be running a survey on carbon tax.

The organisation said those who want to keep their details secure should avoid get-rich-quick schemes and never pass on sensitive financial data to anyone they do not know or trust.

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