Cynthia Williams was almost the victim of a phone banking scam when she handed over her account details.
Cynthia Williams was almost the victim of a phone banking scam when she handed over her account details. Tegan Annett

Falling for scam adds to stress of dealing with cancer

WHEN Cynthia Williams had a call from the Federal Government, she assumed it was a serious matter.

But she was really the victim of a scam.

She was told ANZ Bank had over-charged her for years, ultimately by $5000, and she could be reimbursed that day.

Cynthia suffers from cancer, and has no employment, and the thought of being ripped off in the first place, was frightening.

But there was a catch - she had to pay $199 of overseas solicitor's fees.

Trustingly, Cynthia told the man her bank details. But after describing the incident with husband Cedric, he told her it was a scam.

"When she heard about the money she would get back, she thought this is great, it will definitely help me," Cedric said.

"I called her back and said it was a scam, and she was so upset it had happened to her."

He said it placed not only financial but health pressures on his already ill wife.

"I had a doctor's appointment that afternoon and my blood pressure was the highest it's ever been," she said.

When the 'manager' called back, Cynthia told her she had contacted the police and the newspaper.

The lady on the other end hung up straight away.

Cynthia warned people to be wary of giving out their bank details on the phone.

"I just wasn't thinking straight," she said. "I've learnt my lesson."

The couple has contacted the ANZ bank to ensure no money was taken out of the account after the incident.

Have you been the victim of a scam?

This poll ended on 03 August 2013.

Current Results

Yes

4%

No

19%

I was contacted but didn't fall for it

75%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.


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