Police are trying to track down potential Bundaberg victims of a cold call technology support money laundering network.

The scam is believed to involve a call centre offshore cold-calling victims around Australia pretending to be telecommunication companies or financial companies.

During the phone call, the scammers tell the victim they have identified fraud on the victim's accounts but they can't access the victim's accounts online to assist them.

They ask the victims to deposit money into bank accounts.

Police believe one of these alleged offences occurred in Bundaberg around early July, where elderly victims were targeted to deposit $9,000 in cash at a local bank towards the money launderers.

Detectives from the Crime and Intelligence Command Financial and Cyber Crime Group recently charged a 24-year-old man and a 26-year-old man, both from Albion for their role in a cold call technology support money laundering network.

 

Police executing a search warrant at an Albion address in relation to a cold call technology support money laundering network.
Police executing a search warrant at an Albion address in relation to a cold call technology support money laundering network.

 

Both men have been charged with recklessly engaging in money laundering, bailed to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on September 28.

Over 150 victims have been identified, the majority being elderly victims, the oldest being 95 years of age.

Detective Inspector Vince Byrnes from the Financial and Cyber Crime Group said these arrests demonstrate that police take this offending seriously and urged the community to be vigilant.

"Money mules are one of the main methods for laundering proceeds of transnational crime and it is not uncommon for criminals to target students through online advertising, often with the lure of quick money," Det Insp Byrnes said.

Police urge anyone who receives such a request to stop and think about what could be happening and to never transfer money to someone they don't know or trust.

Anyone who has any information in relation to this particular scam believed to have occurred in Bundaberg are urged to contact police.

Contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day or on 1800 333 000.

Quote this reference number: QP1900878756.

If you've been a victim of an online scam, report to ReportCyber.

If you have lost money, notify your bank immediately.

Learn more about scams at www.scamwatch.gov.au and R U In Control.



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