Local police are warning residents to remain vigilant when making payments online after a Childers farmer recently became the target of a financial scam.
Senior Community Crime Prevention Officer Sue Rewald said the local grazier recently contacted Childers Police after being targeted by scammers, resulting in the loss of a large amount of money.
“The victim had an invoice for fencing but received an email advising him of new bank account details for the company,” she said.
“Unbeknown to him, his email had been hacked, allowing the scammers to send details of a bogus bank account.
“This is an email hacking scam known as business email compromise.”
Officer Rewald said scammers often intercepted emails and changed bank account details on invoices or posed as companies advising that they have new account details.
“This type of…