Canberra Report: NBN scam a concern in region

My office has received a number of calls this week from locals reporting a scam involving people impersonating NBN Co asking for personal information and financial details.

It is important to be aware that NBN Co will never make unsolicited calls or door knock to sell broadband services. NBN Co may make calls to individuals registered on the Medical Alarm or Fire and Lift registers but it will never request payment or bank account details during these calls.

This scam follows news of a fake Medicare email, which involved scammers setting up a clone of the myGov website to trick people into sharing their login and bank account details. The scam starts with a phishing email that looks like it is from Medicare, asking people to update their Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) details, so they can start receiving payments for Medicare benefits and claims. Email continues to be a popular method for criminals hoping to trick you into handing over your money or personal information.

Sadly many people fall victim to a wide variety of scams each year with the most vulnerable in our community often the target. Please contact my office if you would like a copy of the Little Black Book of Scams which provides information about the most recent and prevalent scams circulating as well as great ways to protect yourself from falling victim.

*** AS your local Federal Member of Parliament I do my best to be as available and as accessible as is possible.

But increasingly people are writing to me through the "messenger " social media platform. This is not a good way of making contact with me, there is a high chance your message will be lost in a cluttered platform which is difficult to monitor. Your correspondence is important and there are plenty of other options.

A phone call, an email or a letter in the post are the best options. You can also make contact through my website.

The details are phone: 49 911 022. Email: Joel.fitzgibbon. Post: P.O.

Box 526, Cessnock, 2325. The website is Of course you can also pay us a visit at 3 Edward Street, Cessnock.

My office can provide advice and assistance with Federal Government agencies including Centrelink, Immigration, Veterans' Affairs, Child Support; National Disability Agency, Medicare, Australian Taxation Office and Aged Care matters. It can also provide you with a free Veterans' Information Kit.

- JOEL FITZGIBBON CONTACT ME Keep in touch My office is at 3 Edward Street, Cessnock 2325, phone 4991 1022.


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