“Payment forwarding” messages .. A new method of fraud in Australia costs a woman more than 700 thousand dollars


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Australia news- A Western Australian woman lost more than $700,000 in a scam buying property in Beaconsfield.

The woman said she received an email in April from a person claiming to be the real estate agent with documents that appeared to be real, requesting that the money be sent to a bank account before completing the contract.

She added that the mail that arrived on the Hotmail platform bears the name of the company that deals with it, and she did not discover the fake message until the real agent contacted her to remind her to pay the money.

Until then, the woman had paid $720,000 to the wrong side.

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And this incident was not the first of its kind in the state, as it was preceded by 8 cases, whose owners lost a total of $1,015,129 in fraud called “payment redirection.”

These operations are based on intercepting correspondence between the agent and the buyer, and then sending a fake message in the name of the intermediary company containing a bank account belonging to the fraudsters.

Trish Blake, director of consumer protection for Western Australia, said scams are always evolving, and it's always hard to spot a breach.

Blake advised residents to always check mail related to cash transactions, especially through Gmail and Hotmail.

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