POLICE are warning Ipswich seniors to be on scam alert after several people fell victim to a sting which appears to be 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 as an employee is emptying customer accounts internally.
The victims are told its 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.
Several people across southeast Queensland have already fallen victim to this heartless scam.
During one of the attempted scams in June, a victim called police saying their bank had instructed them to withdraw $10,000 cash.
That afternoon, police intercepted and arrested a 43-year-old man at the victim’s house.
He has since been charged with three counts of money laundering and one count possess tainted property.
He was remanded in custody to reappear in court on September 15.
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.
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.
If you have been scammed, you can make a report online via ReportCyber.
If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24hrs per day at: police.qld.gov.au/reporting.
Or call 1800 333 000