Police warn of increase in money scams

POLICE are urging vigilance in the face of an increase in online scams in involving emails requesting money transfers. 

“If you work for an institution where you liaise with clients via email to request funds, be aware that their computers, phones and email may have been hacked through the use of malware,” said crime manager targeting, Det-Sgt Harry Hains.

He said the scam targetted people by sending an email from a known address that has been hacked. Clients were notified of a change in bank account details for money transfers and requested to send outstanding invoices to the new account.

“If you get an email from someone you know requesting money, call them on the number you already have to verify the legitimacy of the request and verbally confirm their banking details,” said Det-Sgt Hains.

“Scams can impact anyone of any age or circumstance. This is a timely reminder to ensure that family and friends are aware that email scams can target anyone.

“Once a sum of money is transferred it is difficult to track those funds and have them returned.”

Anyone with information in relation to scams should call 1800 333 000 or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website.

More information about scams and how to protect yourself at scamwatch.gov.au

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