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Don’t help this man!

By 9 December 2010 10

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.

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10 Responses to Don’t help this man!
#1
D212:31 pm, 09 Dec 10

Jeezuz – idiots are still falling for that? After all the publicity that those scams have had, all I can say is that a fool and his money are soon parted.

#2
Deano12:50 pm, 09 Dec 10

Could they provide details of which AFP officer’s identity is being used in this scam, just so we can distinguish it from all the legitimate requests for help to return home to Australia, pay for a shipment of diamonds or precious stones to Australia, and/or assist with paying tuition fees for a daughter in America.

#3
Genie1:44 pm, 09 Dec 10

That is the most retarded thing ive ever heard !?

How are people stupid enough to fall for this ??

#4
Grail2:00 pm, 09 Dec 10

Genie said :

How are people stupid enough to fall for this ??

Some people vote Liberal, or donate to charity in the hope that doing so will make poverty disappear. These and other mysteries will never be explained.

#5
troll-sniffer3:56 pm, 09 Dec 10

troll-sniffer said :

Genie said :

How are people stupid enough to fall for this ??

Some people vote Liberal, or donate to charity in the hope that doing so will make poverty disappear. These and other mysteries will never be explained.

+1 lol

#6
LSWCHP4:46 pm, 09 Dec 10

Six victims…errm…idiots…lost $60000 between them? There really are people who have $10000 lying around that they can immediately send to an anonymous dude on the internet just because he asks for it?

I think that the AFP should publicise the names of everybody who falls for this scam and others like it. I really want to know who these people are, so that I can make contact with them. “Prince LSWCHP here, I’m stuck in floodwaters in Fyshwick and I have no way to return home to Belco so that I can sell the diamonds that I acquired by selling my body to pay for my daughters uni fees…can you help me?”

#7
JessicaNumber6:11 pm, 09 Dec 10

And yet legitimate charities are still allowed to groom victims for this scam by telemarketing, bothering people in the street and knocking on our doors.

I always tell charity collectors (who are always shitty about it because they collect a smart commission for their painfully hyped oversell) that I am happy to collect literature but only donate to charities (or support an NGO with membership) when I contact them, not because I’m pressured to by a stranger with plausible looking credentials.

#8
Pork Hunt6:21 pm, 09 Dec 10

LSWCHP said :

Six victims…errm…idiots…lost $60000 between them? There really are people who have $10000 lying around that they can immediately send to an anonymous dude on the internet just because he asks for it?

I think that the AFP should publicise the names of everybody who falls for this scam and others like it. I really want to know who these people are, so that I can make contact with them. “Prince LSWCHP here, I’m stuck in floodwaters in Fyshwick and I have no way to return home to Belco so that I can sell the diamonds that I acquired by selling my body to pay for my daughters uni fees…can you help me?”

Your body was crap, I want my diamonds back!

#9
LSWCHP9:04 pm, 09 Dec 10

LSWCHP said :

Your body was crap, I want my diamonds back!

I was wondering about that porcine aroma…

#10
A Noisy Noise Annoys4:38 am, 10 Dec 10

Amendment to post by Grail:

Remove reference to Liberal. Insert: Some people vote Green or Labor, believe in climate change and support foreign aid.

This is the correct version.

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