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New scam that claims it's from the Commonwealth

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THE HON DR SHARMAN STONE MP Federal Member for Murray

Wednesday 26 Sept 2012

New scam that claims it’s from the Commonwealth

Local people have been receiving facebook posts from a user claiming to be ‘Lawyer Nicola Roxon.’ Federal Member for Murray, Dr Sharman Stone says the scam claims the receiver is a winner.

“It claims to want to specifically help people who need assistance with paying their bills, purchasing a home, starting up their own business and so on” Sharman Stone said.

“Recipients of the scam are asked to provide their full name, address, sex, marital status, email, phone number and more. This is supposedly to ensure that their money is not sent to the wrong person.

“They are then asked to send money to cover the cost of the forms that are required to access their ‘winnings.’ This ranges from $600 in fees to receive $40,000, up to $6,000 in fees to receive $500,000.

“The scam claims the money is not a loan, it is a free gift. The funds, they are told, will not affect welfare payments or wages from an employer.

“Cyber crime is on the rise. People are warned that using a mobile phone to access their social media sites can give criminals an easier passage to find new victims.

“It is best not to give any personal or banking details, whether the request comes via the phone or the internet” Dr Stone said. “Too many people are falling victim to cyber crime. Report new scams but do not reply to them.”

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