Police warn of bogus email con

YET another crafty scam is working its way around Gladstone.

If you use, or have used in the past, money transfer businesses such as MoneyGram or Western Union, this applies to you.

The scam is circulated via email and appears to be an official business letter.

The email claims to be from an investigator working with Western Union and the Economic Financial Crimes Commission to contact people who have sent money to Nigeria.

"The email tells the receiver that when they have sent money via these transactions they had been 'swindled by unscrupulous persons' and they are working with Western Union to track down the fraudsters," Detective Superintendent Brian Hay, of Queensland Police, said.

The scammers then advise they have met with the EFCC and organised a financial refund to the victim - i.e. you.

"Of course this is when you are asked to call or email Western Union on an email address provided and from there you will be asked personal and banking details. In addition to surrendering your identity to these criminals, you will have to pay taxes and administration fees to 'access the money'," Superintendent Hay said.

"Do not be defrauded. The wording in the email is urgent and persuading. Delete and make no contact with these fraudsters".

Report correspondence you believe is fraudulent to www.scamwatch.gov.au.



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