Caller: 0478 287 017
An Australian (judging by accent) man named Benjamin Tangey called me and asked if I was the owner of my business (mentioned my business by name), which I am of course. Stated as being from the Neighbourhood Watch and working closely with the police to promote awareness of ice addiction in children as young as 12. Talked about their Streetsmart (might have been Streetwise) handbook and that I could donate $350 to have my business name put into the book as well as a little bio. I said yes as I genuinely thought it was legit at first as I am aware of this handbook that I recall receiving in school back in the day and thought it was a good initiative. He then emailed me (btangey @ cwa.carmacloud.com) an invoice for the donation as well as requiring that I sent back nothing but "I agree" to accept the process of donating.
This is where I got concerned, however, as although the email had links to legitimate sites and whatnot, his actual email address seemed odd and the structure of the email appeared very amateur/unprofessional, containing a few spelling/grammar errors with the most notable being my address spelled incorrectly. Odd, I thought, as I imagine charities would have an auto-fill function when it comes to addresses so that human error is taken out of the equation. The next day, I get a call from a lovely older lady about the donation saying thank you so much, etc and trying to process the payment. After seeing the inconsistent responses here about the number she has called me on (three times now over the past 2 days) and seeing that my phone is labeling it as "Potential Fraud", I am quite shocked at the fairly elaborate nature of this scam; the man I spoke with was very down-to-earth and the woman seemed just like a kind admin lady doing her job.
Lesson learned for me: Don't do donations over the phone! I'll also be reporting my experience to the police so that they can hopefully bring this op down; although gullible, I'm only 25 and pretty switched on, so I fear for those who wouldn't think to suspect falling into this pretty clever trap.
Rang my mobile and said they were from the Neighbourhood Watch with the police and was I the business owner. I do not own a business... Time wasters, hang up immediately and block number Rang and introduced himself as a member of the Australian Police & wanted to speak to the owner of the business. Hung up when I questioned him. I rang once and got disconnected Caller: Scammer with exact same response to others
Rang and introduced himself as a member of the Australian Police & wanted to speak to the owner of the business. Hung up when I questioned him. Exact same response as others. Such worrisome time wasters.
A young sounding guy asking me if I could donate to raise funds for something in (he mentioned the town I live). He sounded smooth & convincing but it felt a bit odd so I looked it up here. I will block this number. Caller: A male
Wanted me to buy a add for the police Magazene. I asked him to email me the information and he started to get frustrated and rude. I hung up on him.
Wanted me to pay $300 for advertising my buisness in QLD Police magazine.Block Number Called saying they were from the Victorian Police but I was driving so they hung up and said they'd call back later Claimed to be from Police -was looking for advertsing for internal Magazine Caller: 0478 287 017
Told me he was from Police association and that i was not in trouble but wanted me to advertise in his booklet.
Prank call to suggest they from the police, called back and no answer. Three busy signals and got disconnected
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Chiropedic Bedding on (03) 9318 1211
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