ACCC warns of carbon tax repeal refund scam

THE Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has warned Australians of scammers falsely pretending to offer refunds from the carbon tax repeal.

ACCC deputy chair Delia Rickard told Fairfax Media consumers had been offered $7000 refunds from the repeal.

She said scammers were impersonating government agencies, falsely claiming consumers were owed thousands of dollars upfront from the repeal of the carbon tax.

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"They do two things; they ask you to confirm your personal details, or they will ask you to call them back and speak to a certain person, before asking for your bank account details," she said.

"Usually the scammers will have your name and at least one or two details about you already.

"Scammers are now picking topical issues and building scams around them. We have identified this trend for some time."

Ms Rickard said the ACCC-run organisation SCAMwatch had received more than seven complaints about the scam in the past two weeks, but she expected many more people would have been targeted - APN Newsdesk.



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