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Police issue scam warning for fake ACORN emails - SCC Fraud & Cybercrime Squad

Thursday, 01 June 2017 07:01:48 PM

Police are warning the community about fake emails targeting people who may have previously reported information about online scams.

The email purports to be from the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) and apologises to the recipient about losing funds to a scammer before providing a case file number and advising a representative would be in contact shortly to gather further information.

The sender’s email address is consumerfraudsaustralia@gmail.com. It is not an ACORN email address.

Fraud and Cybercrime Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Arthur Katsogiannis, said the community should always be wary of unsolicited emails and phone calls.

“Scammers are continuing to create new and innovative ways to scam innocent victims, which includes pretending to be officials trying to help, like in this scam,” Det Supt Katsogiannis said.

“Always check the sender’s email address – Australian Government agencies will always end in ‘.gov.au’ and you can usually check for official corporate email addresses at the relevant websites.

“Another important tip is to check the spelling and grammar, that’s often an easy way to pick scam mail.

“If you receive a suspicious email, do not respond. Our advice remains the same, no matter the scam – report it. You can report to police or ACORN at any time,” Det Supt Katsogiannis said.

For updated information on current scams and hoaxes, visit Scamwatch: www.scamwatch.gov.au.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/

Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Alternatively, information can be reported to ACORN: https://report.acorn.gov.au/