• Hannah Phillips

Scammers Target Yorke Peninsula Residents

Yorke-Mid North Police are warning the local community to be alert to scammers after several calls of iTunes gift card scammers targeting the area.

Unfortunately scams are everywhere, and they target people of all backgrounds, ages and income levels across Australia.

Police have received several calls from Yorke Peninsula residents reported they received calls from a scammer pretending to be from Telstra to fix a 'virus' on there computers.

The victim was instructed to purchase iTunes cards, however, thankfully, they did not provide the codes to the scammers.

A similar scam was also reported in the Murray Mallee region last Wednesday, when an elderly Riverland resident reported the same call, and thankfully did not provide the codes to the scammers.

The public are urged to be careful when dealing with uninvited contacts from people or businesses, whether it's over the phone, by mail, email, in person or on a social networking site.

Make independent checks before providing any money - and when in doubt ring the organisation yourself for confirmation.

Never give your bank details, or transfer money and never purchase iTunes cards for anyone requesting you to do so over the phone.

It is an important message, worth repeating; No legitimate business will ask you to purchase iTunes cards as payment for goods or services.

Apple’s website clearly states iTunes gift cards can only be used to purchase goods and services on the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, or for an Apple Music membership.

For more information about how to protect yourself, please visit the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s ScamWatch website.

Please feel free to share this information via your social media accounts and discuss this topic with those closest to you who may be less savvy.

Education is the best way of ensuring someone you care about does not fall victim to these criminals.