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Elderly Maryborough woman scammed of $26,000

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Magi Fowler is surprisingly positive for someone who has just had the year from hell.

Newly widowed, and a newcomer to Maryborough,  the 80 year old was told by a caller that thieves had hacked into her computer and they could fix it for her.

As it turns out, the thieves were fictional - and the real thieves were the bogus Telstra staff on the end of the phone.

Now $26,000 poorer, brave Magi is speaking to community groups about the realistic techniques some scammers use and how to spot them.

If something sounds like a scam, check it out on this ACCC website ... https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/