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Internet scam warning

Date: September 21, 2006

POLICE are warning of an elaborate internet scam that has already stung three people in the Wheatbelt. It is happening all over the world, and police know a Russian syndicate is behind it.

The scam comes in the form of an unsolicited email that tells people they can earn an income from home.

When people answer the email, they are told to provide their bank account details.

The offending people behind the scam hack into a third person's bank account and withdraw an amount of money, usually under $10,000, which is traceable.

They then transfer the stolen amount of money into the bank account of the person who answered the email and advise them to withdraw the money.

The person is then told to take out 90 per cent of the money that was deposited in their bank account.
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