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Police warn of increase in online scams in the ACT

ACT police are warning people to be vigilant, following an increase in reports of online scams.

Detective Station Sergeant Harry Hains said people should be especially vigilant if they received emails requesting money transfers.

“If you work for an institution where you liaise with clients via email to request funds, be aware that their computers, phones and email may have been hacked through the use of malware,” he said.

The scam targets people by sending an email from a known address that has been hacked. Clients are notified of a change in back account details for money transfers, and asked to send outstanding invoices to the new account.

“If you get an email from someone you know requesting money, call them on the number you already have to verify the legitimacy of the request and verbally confirm their banking details," Detective Station Sergeant Hains said.

“Scams can impact anyone of any age or circumstance. This is a timely reminder to ensure that family and friends are aware that email scams can target anyone."

Detective Station Sergeant Hains said once money was transferred, it was very difficult to track down the money and have it returned.

Anyone with information about these types of scams is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website.

For more information about scams and how to protect yourself, visit the Scamwatch website.