Local resident the target of scam letter

RESIDENTS are being warned of a scamming operation that is reaching victims via letters in the mail.

A woman in Binjura has recently received a letter in the mail stating that she was entitled to a large sum of money left by a deceased relative in China.

The letter went on to explain that in order to receive this money, the woman should contact an email address attached to the letter.

Despite the letter being suspicious, the envelope in which it came in was stamped as Royal Mail from the United Kingdom.

According to police, this is not the first time that a scam like this has been noticed in the area.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) website has golden rules on how to prevent from being scammed:

- If it looks too good to be true-it probably is.

- Always get independent advice if an offer involves significant money, time or commitment.

- Remember there are no get-rich-quick schemes: the only people who make money are the scammers.

- Do not agree to offers or deals straight away: tell the person that you are not interested or that you want to get some independent advice before making a decision.

- You can contact your local office of fair trading, ASIC or the ACCC for assistance.

- Never send money or give credit card or online account details to anyone you do not know and trust.

- Check your bank account and credit card statements when you get them. If you see a transaction you cannot explain, report it to your credit union or bank.

- Keep your credit and ATM cards safe. Do not share your personal identity number with anyone. Do not keep any written copy of your PIN with the card.

For more information on preventing scams, please visit the ACCC website at www.scamwatch.gov.au

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