Townsville locals warned to ignore scam calls

Date published: 1 March 2021

Residents are being warned to ignore scam phone calls about overdue library fines in Townsville.

Townsville City Council has received concerned calls from members of the public trying to pay large library fines.

Mayor Jenny Hill said these were not legitimate calls.

“These are bogus phone calls being made by scammers who are asking for hundreds of dollars in library fines to be paid to them,” Cr Hill said.

“Council does not call CityLibraries users directly to advise them of fines, and does not charge fines for overdue books.

“Anyone who receives a call like this should disregard it. Anyone who has received one of these calls and has paid money to the caller should call Policelink on 131 444.”

Council has reported the calls to Scam Watch.

To check if you have any outstanding library fines, visit CityLibraries Townsville Membership.