People need to be aware of scams where they are called about recent car accidents. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star
People need to be aware of scams where they are called about recent car accidents. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star Cathy Adams

Insurance scams are no accident

NSW Fair Trading is alerting people to an increase in accident insurance scam calls.

NSW Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe said the scammers start by suggesting someone at the address they have called has been involved in an accident in recent years and the person is entitled to compensation 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,” he 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 email or text.”

For information visit www.scamwatch.gov.au or the Australian Cybercrime Online Report Network (ACORN) at www.acorn.gov.au.



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