A BENDIGO resident has warned Bendigo Bank customers to watch out for scammers.
Kylie Davis said a man claiming to be a Bendigo Bank teller had called her on Tuesday saying she had money in an old account and he needed her credit card details so she could receive the money she was owed.
She said the scammer knew her name, address and the first eight digits of her credit card, and asked for the last eight digits.
She said she was instantly suspicious of the man and challenged him for more personal information before she answered his questions.
Ms Davis said the man became more forceful and angry as the conversation continued. “He was still pushing and willing to rip me off,” she said.
Ms Davis urged other people to be wary of scammers. “If they read out the first eight digits of your card, don’t give them the rest,” she said.
“They are all the same eight numbers on certain types of cards. “Just keep asking them for details.”
She said the scammers were preying on people desperate for money after Christmas. “The thing is they say the things you want to hear,” she said. “Anyone desperate for a bit of spare money may give in.”
Bendigo Bank spokeswoman Kim Mawson confirmed the bank is not making any calls to customers. “We had an update earlier in the month that some customers were contacted from people phishing,” she said.
She said anyone who experiences such scams should contact their branch and the bank’s head office and provide details.
“That way we will investigate it and alert other customers that there are scammers out there,” she said.