Scammers 'offering refunds on bank accounts'

Scammers are targeting New South Wales (NSW) accountholders by offering them apparent refunds on charges incurred on their bank accounts, it has been revealed.

The NSW Government Fair Trading service has alerted residents to the risks posed by anyone apparently promising to refund charges related to their bank accounts.

Accountholders are told to call the telephone number 8006 2437 in order to reclaim their charges – but the individual on the other end of the line is not an official representative of the service.

"Fair Trading would never ring and ask for banking details and we do not provide a service to recover bank fees," explains Fair Trading minister Virginia Judge.

Among the names used by the scammers are James Gillespie, Aimee Turner, Phillip Anderson and Officer Tracey.

Fair Trading previously warned homeowners not to put their finances at risk by using the services of unlicensed tradespeople.

The service explained that property is a substantial investment which could be put in jeopardy for the sake of saving a few dollars.

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