A woman claims she has been scammed by online fraudsters in the US.
Key points:A woman from Melbourne says she has received thousands of dollars in payments from fraudsters she has never met and says she is trying to get money back from themA scammer has been offering to return her money after she contacted the Australian Federal Police and the Federal Treasurer The woman claims the scammer is a man who claims to be a friend of her mother’s and has promised to return all her money within 24 hours.
She is still struggling to make sense of the situation and has reached out to Australian Federal Government agencies including the Federal Crime Commission and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission.
The woman told the ABC she was contacted by a man on Facebook who claims he is an ex-military officer.
She said she was in Melbourne last week when she received an email from the man.
“He asked me for money and said he would send the money back after I contacted him,” she said.
The scammer offered to return the money she had paid him within 24-hours, she said, but she was still concerned about the risk.
“It felt like I was being robbed.
I was just trying to find out how to get the money.
I think I got scammed,” she told the Nine Network.”
I just thought I had been scamed.”
Ms McCarthy said she contacted both the Federal Government and the AFP.
Ms McCarthy told the Melbourne ABC she has contacted the AFP to try and get the scamming suspect arrested.
“The police have been working with me to get him arrested, but he has not been arrested,” she added.
“He’s not even been charged yet.”
A spokesperson for the Federal Department of Defence said the Federal Police were aware of the scam and were investigating.
It is believed the scam was being conducted by a person known to the woman.
“As soon as we received the message that someone had sent, we contacted the person, we spoke to the person and he is now under police investigation,” a spokesperson for Defence told the Seven Network.