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Hacker poses as friend to con Mackay resident out of thousands

A Mackay resident has been conned out of thousands of dollars, prompting a warning for locals to watch out for social media scams.
Police say the resident was contacted by a friend through social media about an opportunity to make quick cash, but the friend's account had been hacked.
The resident handed over personal details and over a two-day period, the resident transferred large sums of money into the fake investment.
Police are reminding locals to only accept investment opportunities from friends or family if you've had contact either face to face, or over the phone.
Never be rushed into making a decision through fear of missing out, and always seek independent financial advice before making an investment.