Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Tricked out of $9800; Scammer Targets Hervey Bay Residents

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Tricked out of $9800; Scammer Targets Hervey Bay Residents

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Byline: Inge Hansen frasercoastchronicle.com.au

LEONA Cayzer has less than 28 days to prove she was the victim of money laundering.

If she can't, she will lose $9800.

On Wednesday, the Hervey Bay resident received a call from a man telling her the internet security company she was with no longer existed. The scammer said he would refund the companies fee of $199.

"I told him to put it on my credit card but he said he couldn't do it that way and he'd have to put it into my bank account," she said.

"He said he'd also upgrade my (internet) security."

The scammer was able to gain remote access to the unsuspecting victim's computer.

While the "refund" was being completed $10,000, which was taken from Ms Cayzer's online savings account, was transferred into her regular account without her realising. The scammer made Ms Cayzer believe it was his mistake and gave her instructions to fix it.

"He said he'd have me take out $9800 from the money that's gone into my account and leave $200 in to cover for the $199 I was 'owed'," she said. …

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