Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Threat Can Work a Treat

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Threat Can Work a Treat

Article excerpt

THERE'S a heartless con/thief on the loose using a brazen scam to prey on local old people.

He or she enters the house unseen in broad daylight, lifts wallets and credit cards, and departs.

Then a new tactic is used - the thief telephones back. Twice.

First call pretends to be from a business that says it has a credit card with the person's name on it, left behind by a man who fled when they became suspicious of the amount he was spending. The old person is asked if he can identify the card as his.

Not his, the unknowing robbed one says. It's in his wallet in a drawer. He checks. The wallet has gone.

Distressed now, he admits the card must be his.

He's told to expect a call from the bank.

Sure enough, that fake call comes. Could the person give the card's PIN for bank identification purposes?

The confused robbed one gives it.

Goodbye bank account.

Unseen thieves are difficult to guard against. You can't shoot them if you don't see them. …

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