Redlands man Des Taylor issues phone scam warning to residents after almost being conned out of money

A Redlands man has issued a warning against bank scammers after he almost fell victim last week.

Des Taylor was left furious after being alerted to a scam while in the middle of a telephone conversation on Friday.

Des Taylor almost fell victim to a phone scam last week, and was told he should destroy his bank card. Photo: Matt McLennan

Des Taylor almost fell victim to a phone scam last week, and was told he should destroy his bank card. Photo: Matt McLennan

Scammers rang to tell Mr Taylor, 71, they were calling to advise him of a new nuisance callers database.

The callers tricked him into giving them the expiry date on his bank card, even putting someone pretending to be a supervisor on the phone to put his mind at ease.

Mr Taylor, a Victoria Point resident, refused to give them any more details about his card, so the scammer hung up.

It was then, Mr Taylor said, that he realised what was going on.

"It was a woman, the first voice, and it seemed like a voice I'd heard before," he said.

"I had definitely heard the supervisor's voice before.

"He had rung me and abused me when I wouldn't give him any details.

"It's shocking really, the way they were talking to me. They almost had be convinced."

Mr Taylor rang his branch of Bank of Queensland, at Victoria Point, who recommended he destroy his bank card.

He was awaiting a new one this week.

"It's inconvenient, because you use your card for everything now," he said.

"I don't know how these mongrels sleep at night.

"I think it's rude, especially with elderly people like myself. It was lucky that I woke up to it early.

"Some people get conned. They give them a few details and then, next minute, they've got no money."