Authorities have issued a reminder to South Australians to be vigilant of unsolicited phone calls after two Murraylands residents have this month fallen victim to remote access scams.
SAPOL reports a man received a call on Wednesday 9 June from a scammer claiming the man's phone had been hacked and that he could help retrieve stolen funds if the man granted him remote access to his device. Police say that once the suspect had access to the victim's phone, he took more than $40,000 from his online bank accounts.
The next day, a local woman received a phone call from someone purporting to be from Netflix, claiming someone had unauthorised access to her account. The caller already had some of the victim's personal details used to “confirm" the victim's identity.
An accomplice then called and instructed her to install an app and key in her personal details and upload a photo. Two hours later $350 dollars was withdrawn from the woman's personal bank accounts.
While remote access scams are very common, the use of apps to obtain personal details is a relatively new technique used by scammers.
Members of the public are reminded to always protect personal information, and remain vigilant when dealing with incoming calls and emails. If you are not sure if the caller is genuine, you could hang up and search for the legitimate contact details for the organisation and contact them directly.
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