Debit card users warned about post-flood scams

Friday 21 January 2011

Article by Mozo

Australian credit and debit card users have been warned about a range of offline and online scams which are targeting people in the aftermath of the Queensland floods.

Debit card users warned about post-flood scams

Some of the scams are targeting the flood victims themselves with an offer to lodge and fast-track all government relief applications for a fee of $200, the Brisbane Times reported.

"International fraudsters prey on the goodwill of people during a crisis such as the Queensland floods and are experts in quickly establishing authentic websites and delivering believable emails that contain 99 per cent fact in their content," said Detective Superintendent Brian Hay.

He warned that any organisation offering to fast-track government relief payments for a large fee was fraudulent given that no payment will be required to process authentic government relief fund applications.

People who have responded to such offers were told to contact their financial institutions to cancel their bank and credit card account and were also advised to consider registering with a credit rating organisation to have their credit status monitored.

Among the other scams, it was reported that people have been receiving emails from fraudsters purporting to be from the Premier's department seeking donations to the relief fund.

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