CCI impersonator warning

03 February, 2017

Suspicious calls by someone purporting to be from the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA have been reported recently, prompting a warning to be alert for a potential scammer.

Gel Gov Group’s Brooke Mandy says her company has been receiving calls from someone named Amanda claiming to be from “The Chamber of Commerce at the City of Perth”.

The caller asks the company if it is still looking for office space.

“We have been getting calls from her relentlessly for at least once a week over the last two months,” Mandy says.

“She has spoken to almost the entire staff across our branch. She’s extremely rude and claiming to work for the Chamber of Commerce at City of Perth. We were sceptical as she was trying to figure out if we had found offices to relocate to.

“I asked her questions such as how it was of any interest of her and she kept arguing. I don’t know what her motivations are.

“I didn’t think it would be legitimate as she’s quite argumentative and telling us she’s received information from other people. She calls from a silent number so we aren’t able to call her back or find out where she’s coming from.”

CCI has received several notifications over the last week from Members reporting similar calls.

However, CCI WA Member Experience Manager Michael McGowan says it is easy to know when the call isn’t from the Chamber.

“If you receive a call from the Chamber, it is more often than not looking to help your business and not trying to gather information,” McGowan says.

“We don’t call from private numbers. We love to have engagement but we wouldn’t harass with constant calls.”  

A Consumer Protection spokesperson from the Department of Commerce says to be vigilant with phishing scams such as calls or emails designed to obtain personal information:

  1. Be instantly suspicious if you get contacted out of the blue from someone pretending to be from a legitimate organisation or business such a bank, telephone or internet service provider. You may be contacted by email, social media, phone call, or text message.
  2. Do not open suspicious texts or emails – delete them.
  3. Verify the identity of the contact by calling the relevant organisation directly – find them through an independent source such as a phone book or online search. Do not use the contact details provided in the message sent to you.

More information on scams is available at www.scamnet.wa.gov.au and enquiries to Consumer Protection by email wascamnet@commerce.wa.gov.au or by phone 1300 30 40 54.