Police Warn Of New Scam Targeting Businesses In North Brisbane

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The Queensland Police Service has issued a warning about a new scam being reported across North Brisbane, that recently targeted a local business in Clayfield.

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Senior Constable Diana Kratochvil said the police received information that a group of travelling men were alleged to be over charging, completing substandard work and using stand over and aggressive pressure tactics to attempt to secure payments.

With the new scam, victims are being approached to complete line marking services in car parks.

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“The men have claimed to work for a line marking company which has since been found to be false,” S/Con Kratochvil said. 

The men have been described by the Queensland Police as having Irish accents and driving a white Toyota Hilux utility with a modified tray.

Businesses who have any information regarding the scam are urged to contact local police. Members of the public are also being reminded to be cautious for scams.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24 hrs per day at www.police.qld.gov.au/reporting or call 131 444.

Tips to Protect Yourself from Scams

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The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission launched Scamwatch to help consumers and small businesses in recognising, avoiding and reporting scams.

Scamwatch emphasises that scammers are getting increasingly sophisticated in their attempts to get your money or personal details. Hence, it’s important to be alert and protect yourself from being scammed by following these tips:

Recognise the fact that scams do exist. If something looks too good to be true, it probably is. 

Do a bit more research to check the legitimacy of a business. If you’re not sure about the legitimacy of a business or if you just met them online, take some time to do more research.

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Don’t open suspicious messages. Immediately delete strange-looking texts or emails and don’t open pop-up windows nor click on links.

Ensure that your personal details are secure. When it comes to important documents and bills, shred them if you’re planning to throw them away or better lock them in your mailbox.