What you said: Reaction to scam callers
READERS of The Northern Star have reacted strongly to the news of a local woman's run-in with a solar scam phone caller.
After posting the story about the Ballina woman's experience on Facebook, other locals chimed in with their thoughts or their own stories.
Here are just some:
Mel Davies: I had the Microsoft scam phone me.. Once I said I don't own a computer and hung up. They called back and I and started calling me an Australian Slut amongst other names. I hung up they phoned back. My hubby answered and they started abusing him.. They wanted to rape his wife.. He said something back to them. They quickly hung up.... I do have a theory.. Telstra call centre is in the Philippines, all the scams are by Philippines. I bet telstra employees are selling our numbers.
Vicki Lawrence- Shaw: I have people claiming to be from Telstra saying there is a problem with my internet. I than ask them for which account because I have two. They can't answer. I rang Telstra just to make sure and they told me they will never make them phone calls, if you have a problem with your internet you ring us. The next time they rang I told them I had rang Telstra and the police and the government ... I haven't had a call from them again
Jackie Dorey: There (are) so many scams out there most recent via email PG& E energy claiming I'm late paying my energy bill and what my newest bill is. I am not with them. Always beware.
Sarah Sims: My oldest likes to answer the phone, it tends to weed out the illegitimate calls.
Leanne Albert: (I) have told all my friends about them. Mostly in cases of an overseas caller trying to tell us that my computer had a virus and they could fix it. But after a few minutes they ask you to pay a payment of $250.
Leiah Williams: (I) advertised a 'wanted' ad on facebook and had some people contact us stating they had what we wanted. They sent us pictures of 'what they had' but it didn't sit well seeing the image portrayed a 'new' item being sold for 1/4 of the price and the 'extras' they were giving away with it didn't even fit the item they had. I 'googled' the number and found these people had also been trying to sell fake tickets to music gigs. I reported the details to Scam Watch Australia.
Jacqui Love: Best thing to do is shop local u know where they are and who they are and at the same time support local businesses.
If you've ever had an experience with a scam caller, or ever reported a scam to the authorities, comment below and let us know.