Resident warns of phone scam


Ella of Tinwald felt mesmerised.

The caller was foreign and very persuasive.

Had she been unwell, did she fell all right?

"She asked for my Visa number and I know I shouldn't give it, but I did. It was like she had me under her control, mesmerised.''

Ella, whose full name we have agreed not to use, said a courier pack of pills she did not want arrived from Germany, then another, and suddenly $600 had been taken off her credit card.

Ella then went to the bank and had it cancelled.

She wants to warn anyone against what she calls a scam and pressure phone tactics.

"If you don't like the sound of it, just hang up on them.''

She said she could not afford to lose the money and had felt unsettled since.

Ella said she went to the police who said there was nothing they could do, but said scams were costing Kiwis millions.

Ella has also told her story to Age Concern in the hope that others would not feel prey.

The first lot of pills were thrown out and the second will be returned to sender, marked unwanted.







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