AN aged pensioner was so convinced a scam caller was telling her the truth she gave him all of her personal details, including her credit union account numbers.
Barbara Wren received a phone call at around lunchtime on Tuesday from a person with an Indian accent claiming to represent international funds transfer company Western Union.
The caller told Ms Wren she was owed $5200 in back pay from the government and in order to collect the cash she would need to provide personal information about herself, including her date of birth and address.
Ms Wren received a second call verifying her details and asking her to send $200 in cash to a Sydney post office box.
However, despite being pleased about the windfall, Ms Wren decided it was too good to be true and instead contacted her credit union to inform them of the incident.
“They seemed like really nice people and they said the money was back pay because I’d paid too much into my credit union account,” she said.
Ms Wren said the callers told her all aged pensioners were entitled to the cash and many other pensioners in the area would be contacted.
However, Ms Wren now believes the callers were scammers.
She wants to warn other people to be cautious about handing over their money and details.
“I wanted to let people know they shouldn’t be as silly as I was,” she said.
“I think they’re trying to get at everyone, including myself.”
Ms Wren said after paying her bills she has only $200 a fortnight to live on so the prospect of a windfall was enticing.
“Sometimes I find it pretty hard and I thought it was true for a while,” she said.
Canobolas Local Area Command Inspector Peter Atkins warned people to be vigilant when it came to scam phone calls.
“I want to remind people that they should never provide banking details to people over the phone,” he said.