- Four Aussies have lost thousands of dollars from their accounts through a crypto related scam
- The police believe the selection of the four victims was not random and urge potential unknown victims to come forward
- The leading detective on the case, Sergeant Katherine Lehpamer, warns people to confirm with the relevant authority before making any payments to potential scammers
Four residents in Melbourne, Australia have fallen victim to a scam that threatens them to deposit $50,000 into a cryptocurrency ATM in Braybrook or risk being arrested.
Scammers told the victims to pay up to $50,000, as the purported amount they owed on a tax debt and were instructed to travel to Braybrook, the only place in Melbourne with a bitcoin ATM, to deposit the funds.
Immigrants being targeted
Victorian Police officials believe that the victims were not randomly selected, but that there is a connection between them. They also urged other victims to come forth, should any exist. Melbourne Acting Detective Sergeant Katherine Lehpamer was noted saying, “We believe that there are a number of victims out there who have not reported the matter for one reason or another, they may be here on visas, or they are not aware that authorities would never tell them to deposit money into an ATM.”
She went on to add: “It does appear that the scammers are targeting a certain group of people who they can convince that their immigration status is in jeopardy.”
Confirm with Authorities
In a move to protect potential future victims, Sergeant Katherine urged the people of Melbourne to confirm with relevant authorities in case they get a call along those lines before paying or giving out any personal and banking details.
Anyone with information about this matter is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.