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Mackay Volunteer In Policing Targeted By Scammers

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Image By U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman William Tracy

Even Mackay Police aren't immune from scammers.  One of their Volunteers in Policing approached them this week after their personal social media communication profile was hacked and used by a scammer to deliver dozens of fake messages to all of her contacts.

The screen shot (below) shows a small portion of the beginning of the hacked communication with one of the volunteer’s contacts.

This portion of the message is the equivalent of the scammer baiting a fishing hook – they are hoping for a response from anyone.

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A screenshot of the actual messsage.  Image Supplied 

Through the hacked account, the scammer offers the contact a portion of the “winnings” – however a fee is required to set up the account which it can be collected from and also to hold the winnings for a period of time.

This fee is sizeable! But you are about to receive a healthy amount of money right? You can cover it the costs from your portion of the shared winnings and have change to spare…

And remember – if the person whose profile has been hacked is well known and trusted by the contact being dealt with by the scammer, why would they not trust the offer?

Police recommend that if anyone receives an offer via a social media forum from a contact or friend, which would ordinarily sound too good to be true, trust your instincts.

Make contact with that person directly to ensure it is a valid offer and not a scam.

Don’t be pressured into handing over any money quickly in these situations.

As a way to protect your profile from being hacked by scammers, consider using two factor authentication if it is available in the forum which you use.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

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