Police are warning the community after a Murraylands resident recently fell victim to a phone scam costing him thousands of dollars.
On April 1, the victim received a text message stating the phone company was going to wipe all the phone applications from the phone as it was at risk of being hacked.
The message directed the victim to follow a link contained within the text. The victim followed the link which allowed remote access by an unknown party to the mobile phone.
As a result, the victim found that approximately $5,000 had been transferred from the victim's account without his permission.
Unfortunately, scams are everywhere and they target a diverse range of people across Australia. Some scams can be quite elaborate, and the offenders can be very believable.
Police advise people not to open suspicious texts, pop-up windows or click on links or attachments in emails and delete them.
If you are unsure, verify the identity of the contact through an independent source such as a phone book or online search. Don't use the contact details provided in the message sent to you.
SA Police is encouraging people to share this information with friends, family, and the wider community in an effort to prevent this from happening to someone else.
For more information about how to protect yourself, please visit the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's ScamWatch website: https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/get-help/protect-yourself-from-scams/