Gold Coast residents are being warned to be wary of a convincing phone scam, which has managed to con a local woman out of $7000.
Police said the scam calls appear to come from Southport Police Station, seeking payment for fines over the phone.
“One of these calls has resulted in a complaint to police after a woman received a phone call from a number with a caller identification of Southport Police Station on November 18,” police said.
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“The caller falsely claimed they were a police officer and the victim had a $7,000 fine outstanding that required immediate payment.”
Police said the payment went through before the victim realised it was a fraud.
“The Queensland Police Service does not seek or receive payment over the telephone for fines or any other type of payments,” they said.
Anyone who receives a similar call is being warned to never provide their credit card details over the phone and to report the matter to Policelink.
If you do happen to become a victim, immediately contact your bank or credit card provider to stop the payment.
Investigations into the source of the telephone calls are continuing.