Beware scammers

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POLICE have warned residents about scammers pretending to be from a government agency, including police.

They said the scammers’ aim was to scare victims into parting with their money or personal information, threatening them with fines, taking them to court – even deportation.

Those contacted unexpectedly and threatened by someone who says they’re from a government agency or trusted business, should always consider the possibility that it may be a scam – then stop and check if it’s for real, the police said.

For more tips and information about these scams, where to get help or to report a scam, visit scamwatch.gov.au/scamsweek2018.

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 5 June 2018

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