Cold-call scammers warning

Consumers are being warned of scammers who are cold-calling and asking for personal details claiming to represent ‘injury Australia group’ and NRMA Insurance.

The state’s Fair Trading Minister Stuart Ayres said scammers have blitzed Parramatta’s Fair Trading offices with staff members recording the scammers’ phone number, 0445 205 555 6554. 

He said the scammers start by suggesting someone at the address has been involved in an accident in the past three years and the person is entitled to compensation of thousands of dollars but the caller needs to confirm details for their database.

“These scams are designed to harvest your personal details that can then be used to defraud you,’’ Mr Ayres said.

‘‘To avoid identity theft, never give out your personal or bank account details to somebody you don’t know or trust and never send your credit card or bank details in response to unsolicited approaches on the phone, via emails or text.’’

NRMA Motoring & Services president Wendy Machin, a recent recipient of a scam call, said the caller alleged a connection to the Motor Accidents Authority and offered to help her get compensation. 

“The caller who contacted me was pushy and sounded quite authoritative, as if they already knew a bit about my history. When quizzed more, they hung up,’’ Ms Machin said.

“People need to be wary of these cold calls – I think if you have had a recent incident, you should have a claim number and the caller should know it if they are the real deal.”