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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Police warn on a new scam targeting money transfers

Police have been made aware of a new email scam circulating to users of money transfer businesses such as MoneyGram and Western Union. 

The email appears to be an official business letter from an investigator working with Western Union and the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to people who have sent money to Nigeria. 

“The email tells the receiver that when they have sent money via these transactions they had been ‘swindled by unscrupulous persons’ and they are working with Western Union to track down the fraudsters,” Detective Superintendent Hay said. 

The fraudsters then advise they have met with the EFCC and agreed on a financial return to the victim. 

“Of course this is when you are asked to call or email Western Union on an email address provided and from there you will be asked personal and banking details. In addition to surrendering your identity to these criminals, you will have to pay taxes and administration fees to “access the money” 

“Do not be defrauded. The wording in the email is urgent and persuading. Delete and make no contact with these fraudsters,” said Detective Superintendent Hay. 

Anyone with information which could assist police with their investigations should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24hrs a day. 

Crime Stoppers is a charitable community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.