A FAMILY spoke of their difficult ordeal after nearly losing their savings and dream home to crooks.
Cassie and Dennis Aviles, of Sydney, Australia, sent £580,000 ($790,000) to a scammer posing as their lawyer to finalize the sale of their new home.
“I went to the branch and transferred all our money [which] Now they’re telling us they’re in some kind of scam account,” said Cassie 9 News.
“They weren’t sure if they could get it for us.”
The couple with three young children will complete the shopping next week.
On Wednesday, they received an email from someone they believe to be their attorney asking them to transfer them a large amount of money.
The email is said to appear legitimate and provide account details for the AU$1.1 million payment.
“[The email had] his name, the name of his business and all the contracts we signed for the new property are attached,” Cassie said.
She informed her lawyer, Tanveer Khan, that a wire transfer had been made to his firm’s bank account and was shocked by his reaction.
“He yelled into the phone to call the bank right away,” she said.
After 9News contacted Cassie’s bank, they were able to obtain the money, which will be returned to the Aviles family in the coming days.
Local police are also investigating the scam.
Phishing emails are on the rise and getting more sophisticated as members of the discerning public adopt tried and tested methods over the years.
Last month, The Sun exclusively revealed that scammers are using false promises of quick and easy tests for the recently emerged Covid-19 strain to try to get cash from customers. victim.
According to UK cybercrime experts, crooks are sending out a series of emails masquerading as NHS messages related to the Omicron variant.
Recipients are encouraged to click a link in the email to order a free test kit for the mutant strain that is now spreading globally.
When someone clicks the link, they are taken to a phoney health service website asking them to enter their bank account details.
The scam campaign was picked up by anti-fraud experts Personal Protection Solutions after a report from one of its members.
Founder Charlie Shakeshaft said the plot was “particularly sinister” because it struck at people’s fears about the new variant.
“Scammers are using the social unrest around Omicron to prey on vulnerable people,” he told The Sun.
“They’re targeting people who are in dire need of booking a test in front of a crowd to help them act quickly.
“Those most vulnerable to stress are the most desperate, and therefore are most likely to fall for the scam, which makes it particularly sinister.”
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