GYMPIE residents are asked to ‘dob in a hacker’ today so police can seek out and apprehend those responsible for luring Queenslanders into sending millions of dollars overseas in mass marketing scams.
Queensland police are launching a one week campaign to coincide with ‘fraud – global day of action’, commencing today and running until June 8.
During ‘dob in a hacker’ police are asking anyone who might have knowledge of those responsible for or have involvement in this type of crime to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Today the public, law enforcement and industry around the world are being asked to think about fraud and act to prevent and defeat it.
Advance fee fraud, the crime of luring a person into advancing you money with the (false) promise of a large cash sum, inheritance or property is a crime that has had a significant effect on Queenslanders already this year. Since January, over 3300 Queenslanders have sent over $4 million to Nigeria and Ghana in scams.
Detective Superintendent Brian Hay, Fraud and Corporate Crime Group said mass marketing was a very destructive version of advance fee fraud where offenders target multiple victims.
“We are also asking the public, industry and private sector to stop and think when it comes to fraud. ‘Think Fraud!’ is just as it says. Stop and think first before you act, whether this is responding to an email or text message promising you large sums of money or even an online car sale where victims pay large deposits and never see anything in return,” he said.