Police are warning members of the public to be vigilant after several people fell victim to a scam targeting elderly residents. People claiming to be from their banking institutions call victims and advise them to withdraw money for a representative from the bank to collect in cash from their home address, just as an employee is emptying customer accounts internally.
“The victims are told it’s to safeguard them, and the bank representative will deposit the cash in a safe account while internal investigations identify their own employee who is stealing,” a statement from Queensland Police Service Media reads.
During one of the attempted scams in June, a victim called police saying that their bank had instructed them to withdraw $10,000 in cash.
A 43-year-old man has since been charged with three counts of money laundering and one count of possessing tainted property.
He was remanded in custody to reappear in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on September 15.
Investigations are continuing.
Investigators warn others who are at risk of falling victim to these scams to remain vigilant.
“Be wary of any bank investment asking to pay funds or deposit cash,” the statement continues.
“Contact the bank directly using a known phone number on their website to verify legitimacy before following any instructions.
“If you are cold called or emailed, never provide personal, bank account or credit card details and do not open links.
“If you feel you have been compromised, contact your bank and credit card provider immediately.”
Residents who have been scammed can make a report via cyber.gov.au.
For more information on scams, visit scamwatch.gov.au. To report a crime, visit crimestoppersqld.com.au.