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... I rang once and got disconnected Caller: Young man. Affected way of speaking - exaggerated annunciation.
"hello, can I have just a minute of your time?" was how it started. Affected way of speaking - strange exaggerated annunciation.
Asked for "agreement" to put a 'Bronze' advert in a booklet to go with a Neighbourhood Watch and Police education program about drugs and sex education for schools.
I am generally concerned that any entity would be asking for funding from community groups or businesses for such a schools program instead of the Government. So I asked who was employing him for this canvassing. He said "the Publisher" of the booklet.
I said I can't make decisions on behalf of my community group and would have to take it to my group at next meeting and could he please send me an email about it as he's vague and not giving enough detail. eg. are you asking for money? how much is he seeking for the advert? "Three hundred for the bronze advert with logo support"
But he said something weird like "oh the formatting of the emails is really difficult". And said he just wanted agreement now and permission to call back later. Weird.
Will flag as SPAM after reading this.
I'll let the Police / Neighbourhood Watch know.
And will resume my practice of not answering unfamiliar numbers.
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.
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. Caller: SPAM - Neighbourhood Watch
Got a call from 0487 287 019 the day before, and when searching the same reports come up as for this number - A man claiming to be part of Neighbourhood Watch and wanting to speak to business owner. I ended the call before he went into detail.
As per most here, called for the business owner, which is me, talked about Neighbourhood watch program and donating to support the local schools around my suburb. Let him go on while I googled the number - saw this - then asked him exactly which local schools the support would be going to. Couldn't name any surprisingly enough. Didn't even have a crack at *Suburb* State School. Had missed a call a few minutes earlier from 0478 286 002, a number which has the same type of reports. Rang it back but doesn't take calls. Man with australian accent called said he was from neighborhood watch, I said I was too busy to talk, but he already knew out business name. Felt strange so I have blocked this number after viewing other comments. Caller: Said his name was Con
Man saying his name was Con called. Said he was from Neighborhood Watch and wanted a donation. Mentioned my business name. I was unable to call the number back. This followed a strange incident the night before where a lady tried to watch me enter my PIN number when paying for a meal. She followed me out of the establishment and seemed to take a photo of my car registration.
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. 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
18 complaints this year
18 total complaints
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