• john smith
    April 6, 2017
    Tarneit, Australia
    This number is linked to a phone scam using centrelink as the bait
  • Joseph McKibben
    June 19, 2017
    Merrimac, Australia
    Had a recorded (robot female voice) call this morning, claiming I had failed to respond to several Centrelink calls and messages and that as a consequence the file had been forwarded to "Canberra Head Office". Gave me an "Application No." (080456) and instruction to call (02) 8378 7970. Did so, and call answered by "Francis" with an Indian accent, who advised that I had been underpaid by Centrelink in the amount of $2,350.00 and that I would be paid by cheque to be delivered at my nearest Centrelink Office. Call then (deliberately??) dropped out. Five minutes later "Francis" called back to reiterate that I could collect the cheque at Centrelink Inala tomorrow and he (pretended??) to arrange an appointment at 1:00 pm and told me to bring photo ID and my Pensioner Concession Card and that I would need to fill in some forms. He then closed by stating that someone would call back to advise the name and "Badge ID" of the Centrelink official I should meet. Still waiting, of course !!!! What are these fools trying to achieve - apart from seeking (and receiving) my last age pension payment amount, I don't believe he learned much ?? Craziness !!!
  • Karen, Brisbane
    May 16, 2017
    Sunnybank, Australia
    Seriously funny scammers...scumbags, but ya gotta laugh at their attempt!
  • Phillip
    May 16, 2017
    Ottoway, Australia
    Started with computer generated voice saying problem with CentreLink account

    Phone (02) 8378 7970 quote ref number given. The person I spoke to said I had a back payment due to me as govt had underpaid ($2480.46) and this would be sent by cheque but if I registered I could get direct deposit (like the payments are now) a refundable fee would apply. Even made an appointment at local CentreLink for me. So I went very early and guess what they had no record of an appointment and there is no back payment due.
    ACCC know it is a scam CentreLink know as well.
    Keep your eyes and ears open!
  • Pam Turner
    May 4, 2017
    Hoppers Crossing, Australia
    My 80 year old brother was just scammed by these thieves telling him they owed him money, does anyone know what he needs to do to try and recover his money?
  • Operation BlackOut
    July 13, 2017
    Brisbane, Australia
    This line has now been terminated by Operation Blackout. Guys use www.scamwatch.gov.au and report them also.
  • Sir Digby
    July 13, 2017
    Sydney, Australia
    I killed the number -- I called them on multiple phones multiple times over an hour or so, they have a proper set up enabling them to que calls, as they picked up my fist call I said words to the effect of "you are a C%^T!!" and so on for each call that they picked up from the three other phones that I had available.
    Happy days and importantly it was safe and fun.
  • bob @ tusmore
    July 12, 2017
    Adelaide, Australia
    Robo call to my mother. I rang and quoted their number ad they said it was a mistaken call. Smells a touch fishy
  • Heather
    July 11, 2017
    Mawson Lakes, Australia
    Called my 89 year old father re pension being cut off if he didn't call this number.Thought it was a scam so I called them and was evasive re the query and didn't give an Indian sounding woman his details - let her try to fill them in...she got the wrong name and asked me if my 'partner' was Mr Johnson. When I said no and didn't offer any info she said it was a mistake and she would "rectify the problem" and hung up. Scam Scam Scam.
  • BB
    July 10, 2017
    Adelaide, Australia
    ''they stung me too. Went to Centrelink they said it is going round. Report to Scamlink.
  • Ty
    July 10, 2017
    Ive called them 6 times today just for fun. might just keep doing it to see if they will bite back
  • Anonymous
    July 6, 2017
    Victor Harbor, Australia
    Posting as Centerlink, asks you to buy 4 $100 ITunes vouchers to receive a payout. Tell em they're dreaming
  • Cliff
    July 5, 2017
    Adelaide, Australia
    Just had the same recorded message, that I had not replied to letters sent and my file was moved to Canberra. I should ring this number and quote Reference No 080456.
    If I feel like a bit of fun I might ring the number and play them along!! LOL!!
  • Chic77
    July 3, 2017
    Queensland, Australia
    My father has just been scammed with the above, my father handed over his CRN. Do you know what any of the reported consequences are?
  • wankers
    June 30, 2017
    Mandurah, Australia
    these idiots think that they are believable when they ask for personal details as I said being Centrelink they should know all this including how many times I have a crap. Asked for ID over phone, sure this is easy to do
  • Anna Bell
    June 28, 2017
    Wantirna South, Australia
    It is a SCAM but Scamwatch advise that there is no way of blocking that phone number as it is not registered to any Australian Carrier. There is no body that has the investigative power to be able to do anything about it at this time. Just a shame that Centrelink are not sending out a letter/email to all recipients of any benefits to advise them of the fact that this scam is around. There are some really vulnerable people that will be hurt, especially the elderly.
  • Anonymous
    June 23, 2017
    Ashfield, Australia
    Received a call that back payment was due for pension money from Centrelink. Was duped into purchasing an iTunes card for $300 to receive the payment! Watch out!
  • Vicki
    June 23, 2017
    Queanbeyan, Australia
    Got a recorded message from (02) 6781 2529 giving a return phone number of (02) 8378 7970 and claiming a refund due from centrelink, I'm off to give them the number that called in.
  • Stubbs
    June 22, 2017
    Sydney, Australia
    Recorded message from Centrelink saying I hadn't answered their emails or corro and I will have to contact them in Canberra .......someone with an Indian accent answered and I confirmed with him he worked for Centrelink and was based in Canberra and so as to confirm this I asked him the name of the lake in Canberra , to which he immediately hung up.....I rang him back , same voice , and he hung up again when I git to the Lake question
  • Andrew Armour
    June 11, 2017
    Caulfield South, Australia
    We just received a call from this number and when we asked if it was a scam they hung up.

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