There are No-Caller ID and overseas telephone numbers at present calling community members impersonating IDCARE. The caller claims to be from IDCARE (sometimes referring themselves as “Ashton”) stating that IDCARE is a not-for-profit charity working with Government.
The scammers claims that the person receiving the call or email has been “hacked” and they can assist in catching the hacker.
Aside from impersonating our Charity, the scammer then requests remote access of the recipient’s computer, phone or tablet using remote access software like AnyDesk and TeamViewer. They show the victim apparent “hacking” activity, such as via “Event Viewer” or “Tree” via a “Windows key + R” command. This gives the appearance of activity on a screen, but in fact is just a basic view of your device’s activity.
The scammer then claims they will transfer money into your online banking account, whereupon you are then asked to transfer the money to a bitcoin wallet the victim is asked to set up. Except there has been no transfer of money in most cases and the scammer has actually hidden the fact that they have just stolen the money from the victim.
Before the victim transfers money, the scammer asks them to either show or send them a copy of a driver licence or passport. They also coach them to set up a cryptocurrency account via a cryptocurrency exchange (such as Coinspot).
IDCARE will never cold call someone or send an unsolicited text or email and ask you to provide remote access, provide a copy of your driver licence or establish a cryptocurrency account. We will never ask you to participate in a “sting” or work with IDCARE to catch criminals on behalf of law enforcement.
If you have experienced this scam, here is what we would recommend you do: