A BUNDABERG man is warning others to be careful of money scams making the rounds this Christmas.

Arthur Wedemeyer received a text message from a Swiss & De Mobile promotion on December 17, claiming that he had won 400,000 pounds.

The message said to claim the prize, Mr Wedemeyer would need to provide specific details to the company.

"I knew it was a scam as soon as I read it," he said.

"I thought, well 400,000 pounds is a lot of money but then again, it is just garbage isn't it."

"You can't say it is true because what connection do I have to Switzerland?"

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said unexpected prize and lottery scams were always circulating.

ACCC spokesman Duncan Harrod said there were many warning signs to look out for when it came to scam activity.

"If you receive a letter, email or text message saying you have won a guaranteed prize in a lottery or competition that you did not enter," he said.

"The sender claims they have identified you as a winner by randomly choosing your email address. They may say the offer is 'legal' or 'legitimate', and has 'government approval'."

"You also may be asked to provide your bank account details, or to send the fee to a PO box number or via a money transfer service."

Mr Wedemeyer said it wasn't the first time he had been targeted by scammers and said people need to be aware or pay the price.

"I received a call from someone saying that he was from Telstra," he said.

"He wanted my driver's licence number, my Medicare number and my bank account number."

"Some people would get caught out and just think 'oh I have won some money' and they get excited."

"My advice would be to just ignore it completely. If it is all that good, they would contact you by phone and speak to you properly."

If you think you have provided your bank account or credit card details to a scammer, the ACCC recommends contacting your bank or financial institution immediately.

To report a scam or for guidance on protecting yourself from scams and where to get help, visit http://www.scamwatch.gov.au.

 


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