$5000 LOST IN NET RIP-OFF
By ED SOUTHORN
A BILAMBIL family has fallen victim to a sophisticated international internet fraudster who cleaned out $5000 from their bank account.
The family's teenage son had been trying to buy his first car.
Now they are in shock and terrified the cyberspace criminal will strike again.
The teenager also lost a $1000 deposit paid to a Sydney car seller recently. The seller has refused to refund the deposit after the young man travelled to Sydney only to find the car was a "bomb" and nothing like the picture posted on the net.
"We're in shock, and just so angry," the teen's father said yesterday. "But we want people to know they have to be careful on the internet."
The heartless $5000 fraud occurred after the teen made inquiries about a Honda advertised on carsales.com.au which connected him to drive.com.au.
This site advertised the same vehicle at less than half the price it was advertised on carsales.com.au and then connected to another site, insurer.com.
The Tweed family, whose identity has been kept secret because of a police inquiry into the fraud, found their son was communicating with a person in Europe.
The contact claimed to have the car with him and was willing to send it back to Australia, provided a deposit was paid.
Even though no deposit was sent overseas the international scammer managed to remain connected to their home computer where bank account details are stored in order to run the family business.
"We have been told by fraud investigators that he has been following everything we're doing on our computer," the father said.
He said the family was stunned when they were contacted by a fraud team from their Australian bank on Thursday night with the awful news their bank account had been cleaned out.
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