Elderly Dunedin man scammed out of $19k

An 89-year-old man was reportedly scammed out of $19,000 via a Spark phone scam.

Senior Sergeant Craig Dinnissen, of Dunedin, said the elderly man reported the scam to police on Friday having received a call that same day.

A female rang him claiming to be a Spark Telecommunications representative.

She told the man he had a virus on his computer, and that she would help him fix it.

He followed her instructions.

About 30 minutes into the conversation, the woman switched with a man who then asked for visa details, his driver's license number and mobile number.

The 89-year-old provided all of the information requested.

"They also talked him through installing Team Viewer software on his phone."

Snr Sgt Dinnissen said police were aware of the Spark scam with numerous people tricked into supplying private details.

 

drivesouth-pow-generic-1.png

Our journalists are your neighbours

We are the South's eyes and ears in crucial council meetings, at court hearings, on the sidelines of sporting events and on the frontline of breaking news.

As our region faces uncharted waters in the wake of a global pandemic, Otago Daily Times continues to bring you local stories that matter.

We employ local journalists and photographers to tell your stories, as other outlets cut local coverage in favour of stories told out of Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

You can help us continue to bring you local news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter