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Telephone scam

2 March 2018

AUSTRAC has become aware of a telephone scam from individuals purporting that the victim has won a lottery.

The scammers subsequently tell the victim that a ‘package’ in the victim's name, containing illegal goods, has been intercepted by AUSTRAC. The scammers attempt to extort a payment by telling the victim they will be arrested. 

AUSTRAC will never act in the manner described above. If you are contacted in a similar way, do not respond or engage in further communication with the person making the request. 

Report the matter directly to local police and advise AUSTRAC on 1300 021 037.

This information is also available on our Fraud and scam warnings page.

Last modified: 02/03/2018 19:07