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THE consumer watchdog has warned that scammers are pretending to be from National Broadband Network to con victims out of money and information.

Scamwatch has received 316 complaints this year about scammers impersonating NBN, with nearly $28,000 reported lost.

"Scammers are increasingly using trusted government brands like NBN to trick people into falling for scams. Their goal is always to either get hold of your money or personal information,” ACCC deputy chairwoman Delia Rickard said.

The three common scams reported to Scamwatch involve:

signing victims up to fake accounts, often ringing to "connect” them to the NBN network for a low price and demanding payment through iTunes gift cards;

pretending to be from NBN to gain remote access to computers to steal information, install malicious software or demand payment to fix "problems” they have discovered;

impersonating NBN in calling victims to steal information such as name, address, Medicare number, licence number.

"Australians over 65 are particularly vulnerable to this scam with fraudsters using phone calls to target their victims,” Ms Rickard said.



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