Businessman scared by racist Telstra con

SCAMMED: Jamie Stagg was almost duped by a scammer acting as a Telstra technician.
SCAMMED: Jamie Stagg was almost duped by a scammer acting as a Telstra technician. John Mccutcheon

A COOLUM businessman is warning others of a terrifying internet scam that he believes could have robbed him of everything he owns.

The scam ended with the caller unleashing a shocking angry tirade, claiming he was a Muslim and that Muslims would take over Australia within five years.

The caller labelled Australians "infidels" and "stupid white sheep" who were blindly letting "hundreds" of Muslims into the country, who would "rape Australian sl*ts", and even that they would kill his mother.

The professional and well-organised scammers phoned Jamie Stagg, owner of Stagg Automotive, and managed to trick him into visiting a "Telstra-like" website on the pretence of helping improve his internet speeds.

The scammers were very polite, and so well versed in his business and Telstra operations that Mr Stagg ignored his niggling doubts until it was almost too late.

The scammers eventually managed to gain control of his business computer before demanding a ransom.

"He said, 'We have full control of your computer, if you don't give us your credit card number and give us $10, we will shut down your computer'," Mr Stagg said.

Mr Stagg repeatedly turned off his computer, hoping to break the scammers' online connection, and "praying to Jesus that it would work".

He hung up the phone, but received an immediate return call.

"'You f***ing piece of white Australian trash," the angry caller yelled at him.

"Do you think by turning off your computer and hanging up on me, you're going to get out of this?"

Mr Stagg kept the caller on the line, while directing his staff to phone his bank and cancel his credit card.

When the credit card failed, the angry 20-minute tirade began.

"He was a scary, scary guy. He had me petrified," Mr Stagg said.

"He got into my computer by me clicking one thing.

"It was an absolutely brilliant and very scary scam, with how much information they knew about me, and the fake website I went to. It was better than any Telstra website. It was brilliant.

"If they ask you to go on to the computer, no, don't do it."

Sunshine Coast Muslim, Haset Sali, opposed the scam caller's attitude.

"From an Islamic point of view I believe his conduct is totally un-Islamic and more like the comments of a total lunatic," Mr Sali said.

"Nobody has the right to make any sort of threat like that to anybody.

"No matter where anybody says they're from, no threat should be taken lightly and the police should immed

iately be called to trace the call, even if it is from overseas."

The Police Fraud Squad is expected to comment on the matter today.

Topics:  con racist scam telstra

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