Further proof that phone scams are still on the rise and everyone needs to stay alert: Telstra says that complaints from its customers about lying scumbags pretending to be from the telco and trying to extort money or personal details have quadrupled in the last 12 months.
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The most prevalent version of the scam, according to Telstra, involves someone pretending to be from technical support in order to gain access to an individual's computer. A more vicious version currently doing the rounds demands immediate payment for a non-existent overdue bill for internet service.
As ever, advise any friends and relatives who are concerned about this to ignore any calls claiming to be from Telstra or iiNet or Microsoft or Apple: just hang up. If you have time on your hands and receive a dodgy call yourself, check out our guide on how to waste the scammer's time.