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Scammers target welfare recipients

AAP logoAAP 27/11/2016

Scammers pretending to be from the Department of Human Services or Centrelink have ripped $27,000 from their victims.

The consumer watchdog's Scamwatch has received more than 2200 reports of the scam since January.

"If you receive a phone call out of the blue from someone ... claiming that you are eligible for an increase in your pension or benefit - hang up," Australian Competition and Consumer deputy chair Delia Rickard said on Monday.

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