Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Police Say Watch out for a Web of Deceit

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Police Say Watch out for a Web of Deceit

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Byline: Kirsty Noffke

POSING as desperate parents of sick children is just one way con-artists may try to scam internet users, Tweed/Byron Police have warned.

Crime Prevention Officer Senior Constable Andrew Eppelstun said people need to be aware of internet crime including frauds and scams.

"Internet crime is a growing concern," Snr Cnst Eppelstun said.

"Locally there have been recent cases where internet scammers have posed as desperate parents of sick children to get money for operations and urgent medical treatment.

"These criminals appeal to our altruistic instincts to protect and care for children, to weaken our resolve and con victims out of their money.

"These fraudsters usually use money transfer services such as Western Union that assist with evading detection."

Alternately, Snr Cnst Eppelstun said, criminals appeal to greed by promising foreign lottery wins, Nigerian oil money or a profitable part in some foreign money transfer on the basis that some funds are provided to initiate the transfer. …

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