ONE of the latest online scams involves a fraudulent Facebook messenger account using the name of Flinders MP Greg Hunt.
Online fraudsters tell the victim they are in line for a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services. They say the grant is a financial aid program aiming to eradicate poverty and stabilise the economy.
The grant promises them “quite sizeable” sums of money on the proviso the victim clicks a link and agrees to pay processing fees, including a fund file fee, tax and clearance fee and a delivery fee.
All fees are in US dollars totalling $1305.
Similar scams purporting to be from the United Nations are also doing the rounds.
Older scams include an ATO impersonation scam, Help Me Catch-a-Hacker scam, and You Have a Federal Warrant scam.
Police say signs of a scam include anyone asking for payment using a gift card.
Other scams include being offered money for something not entered or applied for; being asked to pay first to receive something back; spelling errors or grammatical errors, such as: “We verify you information’s and it shows that you are qualify to receive the grant.”
Police say: “If they tell you not to tell anyone else about your windfall, or payment is requested via Western Union, it is a scam.”
Anyone unsure about the validity of something they have received should look up the phone number of the department/organisation, explain what has occurred and ask for clarification.
If in doubt just hang up or do not reply to a text or email. If it seems too good to be true then it probably is, police say.
Visit ACCC Scamwatch or ACORN Cybercrime Reporting online for more information.