Tamil migrants warn of losing thousands of dollars in internet scam


Kumar said he and the other two men were individually approached on Facebook by scammers who communicated in Tamil.

“We lodged the complaint and hope that the money will be given back because the government will do something,” Kumar told SBS News. 

Kumar told SBS news he's holding out hope of getting his money back.

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Mohan* is another Tamil community member who says he was caught in the deception and is speaking out to alert others not to make the same mistake.

“We are worried because we lost hard-earned money and many others have lost a big amount of money, that makes us sad,” he told SBS News. 

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The ACCC released new data this week showing financial losses to scams had increased by 87 percent to $236 million between 1 January and 31 October this year.

There have been more than 242,000 reports to Scamwatch – a website run by the ACCC. 

Mohan told SBS News the experience has been emotionally distressing.

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