Beware the scammers

Be aware: The number of remote access scams are on the rise in South Australia.
Be aware: The number of remote access scams are on the rise in South Australia.

Scams, especially those involving mobile phones, are on the rise in South Australia, according to police.

SA Police has reported that 'remote access' scams are growing, with the culprits making contact presenting themselves as representatives of telecommunication or software companies.

The scammers make contact with a person, either by phone or a messenger service, and try to convince people to install a remote access or viewing application on to their phone or device.

The app which is being pedalled gives scammers the ability to view and access the device remotely, allowing them complete entry to personal information.

The scammers often use the excuse of being given access to fix a slow internet connection or fix a hack or viral infection.

Police are urging the community to:

  • Beware of any unsolicited phone calls or messages.
  • Don't download any software or application that you are unfamiliar with.
  • If in doubt, hang up and call the company back on a phone number sourced independently (not supplied by the caller).

For more information about scam prevention visit the SA police website at www.police.sa.gov.au/scams or Scamwatch https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/