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Australia news: Scammers target stroke victim with a text message claiming to be from her doctor

An elderly stroke victim was scammed out of $7,000 after receiving a text message claiming to have a voicemail from her doctor.

Gayle Arnott spent three months in hospital during the pandemic after a brain bleed and stroke hospitalised the 65-year-old in 2020, dying and having to be revived three times.

The resident of Peterborough in regional South Australia went in for a regular blood test and check up with her doctor in April this year, before receiving a text a few days later claiming to have a voicemail from her specialist in a link.

After clicking the link in the message Gayle copped dozens of phone calls over the coming days, before discovering $7k missing from her account account.

‘My wife thought she had better listen to the voicemail, because it might be something serious,’ her…


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