The NSW Volunteer Rescue Association Inc (VRA) has received reports from members of the public who were contacted by callers claiming to sell raffle tickets on behalf of the Association.
Commissioner Mark Gibson has clarified today that the NSW VRA does not conduct cold-calls and urges the public to be wary of the scam.
"The NSW VRA does however fundraise direct within squad communities, and this funding is essential for ongoing operational funding for our squads," Deputy Commissioner Stuart Davies said.
"Your support direct to squad members is always appreciated."
The matter is being investigated.
If you receive a phone call of a similar nature, please report it to Scamwatch at www.scamwatch.gov.au/report-a-scam
How to protect yourself from scams: - If you receive a phone call or email out of the blue from someone claiming to be from the NSW VRA selling raffle tickets, hang up. - If you have any doubts about the identity of any caller who claims to represent the NSW VRA, contact the body directly. - Don't rely on numbers, email addresses or websites provided by the caller — find them through an independent source such as a phone book or online search. - Never send money via wire transfer to anyone you do not know or trust. - Never give your personal, credit card or online account details over the phone unless you made the call and the phone number came from a trusted source. - If you think you have provided your account details to a scammer, contact your bank or financial institution immediately. Source: Scamwatch, ACCC