Counterfeit cash scam

Friday, 19 May 2017 19:45

Police are warning the community to be wary of a counterfeit cash scam that is currently doing the rounds in country Victoria.

Members of the public have contacted police stating they received a call from a person claiming to be from the Australian Federal Police.

The caller informs the victim that they are currently investigating a local financial institution for distributing counterfeit notes.

They then tell the victim that they need their help and that they are going to transfer them to local police.

The scammers pretend to transfer to the local police and a new scammer tells the victim that they need them to withdraw all of their money out of their accounts and send it to police in the United Kingdom.

Victims are assured that they will be reimbursed by police.

In one case the victims were told to burn some notes and if they burned blue then they were fake (they did burn blue but were not fake).

The scammers also keep the phone line tied up so when some victims have gone to call the local police station to verify they have still been speaking to the scammers.

Police are aware of recent incidents in Bendigo and Yarrawonga where last minute intervention by police has stopped victims from losing large amounts of money.

Australia Post were instrumental in stopping a package being sent to the UK on Friday afternoon after they were alerted by police with their Customer Contact Centre and Australia Post Security in Melbourne going above and beyond.

For information on the latest scams police suggest you visit www.scamwatch.com.au

Anyone with further information about the scam is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Leading Senior Constable Adam West

Media Officer

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