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Old 03-10-2002, 17:32   #1 (permalink)
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NSW Police today warned internet users to be wary of on-line auctions after a series of frauds.

Police are investigating a number of cases of fraud where funds were electronically transferred as payment for goods which never arrived.

"A number of people have been involved in internet auctions for goods on certain websites," Cabramatta Crime manager Detective Chief Inspector Deborah Wallace said.

"After the auctions have been conducted, someone has contacted the highest bidders by email and asked them to deposit money into a certain bank account.

"The promised goods never arrive and when the victims try to contact the person who emailed them, their messages are returned as 'receiver not found', or 'domain does not exist'."

On some occasions, people who recorded the second highest bid were informed the highest bidder had reneged so the goods were theirs if they transferred funds to a certain bank account, Det Insp Wallace said in a statement.

She urged internet users to be careful about electronically transferring funds to anyone other than reputable and well-known companies where security was guaranteed.

Anyone with information about computer fraud should contact Cabramatta Police on (02) 9725 8999 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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