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Lonely hearts warned of ‘money mules’ scam

Adrian Lowe
August 6, 2008 – 10:59AM



Lonely hearts and dating website users could be unwittingly enlisted as ‘money mules’ by international money laundering rings, police say.

People answering seemingly legitimate job or dating ads can be stung by the scam, the Australian Federal Police and Australian Bankers Association warn.

‘Money mules’ allow their bank account to receive a deposit of stolen funds – the money is then washed through another account, minus a commission.

These ‘commission payments’ could land ‘money mules’ in strife, the AFP Australian High Tech Crime Centre director James McCormack says.

Anyone allowing their account to be used in this way has profited from the proceeds of fraud and could face 20 years in jail, Mr McCormack says.

“You would be very suspicious if someone you didn’t know asked you to carry a package or money overseas, and similarly, you should be very suspicious about someone asking you to transfer money in and out of your bank account to other accounts.”

An increasingly common method of enlisting ‘money mules’ is to form a relationship with dating website members before fleecing them of cash, the Australian Bankers Association says.

The ‘romance scams’ involve criminals targeting singles, asking for money to be transferred for airfares to enable the ‘couple’ to meet, the association’s chief executive David Bell said.

“The customers who respond to this email also leave themselves at risk of identity theft, as the criminals ask for confidential bank account details,” he said.

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1 Comment »

  1. jack_david777: police
    jack_david777: what for?
    sweet_shaiel: U are a fraud
    jack_david777: why
    sweet_shaiel: U know why
    jack_david777: becos i askedd you for help
    sweet_shaiel: no u ask me for money and u trying to make me think stupid things that dont make sense
    sweet_shaiel: I need help too
    sweet_shaiel: shoot
    jack_david777: it ok
    sweet_shaiel: use the money u spent on the trip for those issues u have
    sweet_shaiel: yes it better b ok
    jack_david777: life is too short to fight
    sweet_shaiel: cos I will turn you to the right people
    sweet_shaiel: shoot I am not fighting I am getting off from people who cheat people for money
    jack_david777: well is just that you have no idea of what you talking about
    jack_david777: am not
    sweet_shaiel: a man take care of his woman no the other way around
    sweet_shaiel: oh yes I do
    sweet_shaiel: have a great idea
    jack_david777: yes you right
    sweet_shaiel: I work in security
    sweet_shaiel: so I have a big idea
    jack_david777: but sometimes thing turn around
    jack_david777: huh well it ok
    sweet_shaiel: yeah like Interpolice
    sweet_shaiel: interpol
    jack_david777: whatever you maybe
    jack_david777: ok
    sweet_shaiel: so let me record this converstaion if you dont mind so I can find where exactly your location is
    sweet_shaiel: you IP adress
    jack_david777: lol
    sweet_shaiel: is that ok???
    jack_david777: well you dont have too
    sweet_shaiel: if I do that?
    jack_david777: let me tell you myself
    jack_david777: am in nigeria
    jack_david777: lagos island
    jack_david777: 144 moosodi abiola way
    jack_david777: ikeja
    jack_david777: did you get that
    sweet_shaiel: I sure did
    sweet_shaiel: I will file the report hold on
    sweet_shaiel: let me do that real quick
    jack_david777: ok
    jack_david777: if you through tell me a waiting
    sweet_shaiel: I have people who is in Nigeria too
    sweet_shaiel: ok I will
    jack_david777: ok
    sweet_shaiel: ok well I just sent an email to the FBI
    jack_david777: ok
    sweet_shaiel: and to the FTC
    jack_david777: ok
    sweet_shaiel: so you will be on their list
    jack_david777: lol
    sweet_shaiel: you have a pic of someone else
    sweet_shaiel: u can laugh all you want to
    sweet_shaiel: but doing scam and getting caught is something I do for a living

    Comment by johanna | November 1, 2008 | Reply

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