The AFP are warning that one of their officer’s images is being used as part of an internet scam.
There is a current scam on the internet fraudulently using an AFP officer’s identity (images of the officer) to obtain large amounts of money.
The internet scam has resulted in six victims being identified in addition to the AFP officer, and more are expected. The six victims have lost a total of approximately $60,000 to the internet scam.
National Manager High Tech Crime Operations, Assistant Commissioner Neil Gaughan, said the scam pretends the officer is in Haiti assisting with earthquake recovery operations, and then asks the victim to provide money to either help him return home to Australia, pay for a shipment of diamonds or precious stones to Australia, and/or assist with paying tuition fees for a fictitious daughter in America.