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Be alert: latest scam victim loses close to $50K

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July 31, 2017

POLICE are warning residents to be alert to scammers after another elderly person lost more than $46,000 in an organised overseas scamming network.

POLICE are warning residents to be alert to scammers after another elderly person lost more than $46,000 in an organised overseas scamming network.

It follows an elaborate iTunes scam where two elderly Moama men lost more than $30,000 recently.

The latest victim — a 74-year-old Hawthorn woman — was called earlier this month by an overseas scammer who claimed to work for a major Telco.

An unknown man told the woman she had been the victim of a scam and to fix the issue he would transfer her to speak with the company’s management team.

While speaking to the victim, the offenders then gained remote access to the woman’s computer and online banking.

They told the woman they had deposited money into her account to ‘help fix her security’ and requested she withdraw that money and send it via MoneyGram to various bank accounts in India. The offenders also requested the victim withdraw cash, buy iTunes gift cards and relay the gift card codes over the phone. Under the scammers’ direction, the victim bought more than 330 iTunes gift cards from major supermarkets and retail outlets.

Yarra Crime Investigation Unit Detective Senior Constable Cameron Mitchell said it was a cruel, targeted attack which took place over seven days.

‘‘The offenders made transfers of cash between the victim’s three bank accounts in order to confuse her and make it look like the balance of her account was increasing,’’ Det. Snr Constable Mitchell said.

Deniliquin police are investigating after a Moama man was scammed out of at least $23,000.

Inspector John Aichinger said the man had bought $9000 worth of iTunes gift cards, with the scammers stealing even more after having ongoing access to his bank account. Police are also aware of another elderly Moama man who bought at least $4500 in iTunes cards after being contacted by someone claiming to be from Telstra.

Residents are urged to report any scams of this nature to the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network at www.acorn.gov.au and not to buy any vouchers.

Anyone with information about the scam is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.

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