OXLEY Local Area Command police are urging residents to be aware of scams in the region.
A man reported to Gunnedah police earlier this week that he had received a phone call, advising that he was entitled to $5000 that was being held in a trust account in Nepal.
Police said the man was told that to obtain this money he would need to send $174 through a Western Union money transfer, and this money was to be sent to “Kithmandu NEPAL with an address of 12 Royal Street Kithmandu postcode 440033,” with the person to collect this money “Triyuginakiyin MIGIR.”
The man sent the money through on October 19.
On Monday 22, he was speaking with his daughter about this matter and she advised that he had been scammed.
He made contact with Western Union Money in an attempt to stop this payment, but he was advised that the money had been collected that morning.
Police urged residents not to provide their bank account details or send money to foreign entities.
They directed anyone who may be suspicious about a phone call requesting any form of money or banking details to investigate.
More information on scams is available from the government’s Scam Watch website at www.scamwatch.gov.au