People have been warned to be wary of a credit card-related scam hitting people in Orange this week.
Orange woman Jenny Mason said she and husband David had separately received phone calls this week from someone claiming to be from 'your credit card provider.'
She said in both cases the caller asked whether they had spent certain amounts with unnamed companies.
"They wanted to know if I'd spent $2000 with a travel company," she said.
In her husband's case they asked about $100 for Amazon and $1300 with an 'overseas company."
Suspecting a scam she said they both hung up before the scammer could obtain any money.
Mrs Mason said a friend in Brisbane had received the same scam call last week.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's Scamwatch website said a variety of phone, email and online scams had robbed people across Australia of more than $63 million in the first three months of 2021.
It said several mentioning COVID-19 were prominent now, having stolen $9.8 million from people since the outbreak of the coronavirus.
To help Orange residents avoid being scammed the Orange Credit Union is running two free forums on Thursday June 10 at the Hotel Canobolas.
CEO Andrew de Graaff said experts from the Australian Cyber Security Centre, police and other groups would speak at the forums from 10am-noon and 2pm-4pm.
You can register on the credit union's website.
Mr de Graaff said people needed to ask more questions and not trust anyone who cold-calls or contacts them about financial matters. He said the forums were open to the whole community, not just OCU customers.
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