Scammers with fake credit repair service stealing 'thousands' in South Australia and Victoria


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Scammers pretending to be linked to a credit repair service have stolen thousands of dollars from South Australians and Victorians.

Police say fraudsters pretending to be linked with the SA-based company Credit Restore Pty Ltd have offered numerous people "too good to be true" contracts that require them to pay a loan insurance payment and give 100 points of ID.

The scammers, believed to be part of a sophisticated interstate or overseas syndicate, cease contact with the victim once they have received the money.

Police say there have been numerous reports since July, with "thousands" of dollars stolen already.

To reduce your chances of becoming a victim of a scam, please consider the following crime prevention tips:

* Always know who you are communicating with and where your information is going. If you are uncertain, confirm the contact is legitimate through methods other than what they have provided.

* Never give your personal details, passwords, credit card or online account details to a person you cannot identify in an official capacity.

* Legitimate companies, particularly financial institutions will not send emails requesting you to log on to a link – log on independently if you need to access that site.

* Ignore emails and text messages that advise you have won a competition that you did not enter.

* Do not send money to receive lottery winnings or to claim a prize.

* Never give an unsolicited person remote access to your computer. You may compromise the security of your device and your personal information.

* Ensure your computer is protected with regularly updated anti-virus and anti-spyware software.