Scam costing Australians thousands

This clever scam has already stolen millions from unsuspecting Americans and is now targeting Australians on popular social networking websites.

Scam costing Australians thousands

This clever scam has already stolen millions from unsuspecting Americans and is now targeting Australians on popular social networking websites. 

Queensland Police have warned Facebook users to be careful of a new fake ‘lottery’ scam that is sweeping the country, targeting ‘weak members of the community’. The latest victim, from regional Queensland, lost over $100,000 to the scam.

Victims reported to police that they were sent a private message on Facebook from a so-called ‘Facebook employee’, congratulating them for winning $7.5 million in the Facebook lottery. As you may have guessed, the Facebook lottery doesn’t exist. The victims were instructed to pay legal and administration fees in instalments of $100s–$1000s in order to access the money.

Victims were then sent surprisingly realistic ‘Facebook credit cards’, carrying the site’s logo. As the last step to ‘unlocking’ the money, they were asked to pay a final fee of $7500. Many did.

Police are warning people to be extremely cautious when receiving unexpected emails and messages on social media. At the end of the day, if it sounds too good to be true, don’t go clicking, or you could be next.

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    Charlie
    4th Jun 2018
    12:09pm
    Gee that's worse than the death of the long lost relative in Nigeria who left me money.

    What's been annoying me on face book recently is fake news that I can get outraged about unnecessarily.
    Its almost believable because there are so many outrageous things these days that are true.
    shirboy
    4th Jun 2018
    1:51pm
    If it's too GOOD TO BE TRUE then it's a SCAM.
    Brue
    4th Jun 2018
    4:32pm
    These sort of scams have been around for decades, and yet people are still gullible to fall for them. If you are asked to pay money to access a wind fall. The alarm bells should be ringing straight away.
    cupoftea
    4th Jun 2018
    5:29pm
    If I pay money on the internet I go through Paypal they are great

    4th Jun 2018
    5:33pm
    Take most things on Facebook cum granis salis.


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