IFW Global has been contacted and made aware of a scam promising Covid payouts to certain individuals who qualify under a suspected bogus scheme called WCB Super Grants Scheme.
The scammers are setting up fake cloned Facebook accounts in the name of a target’s friends, and then sending direct messages purporting to be the friend.
Once the friend connects, they are lured into believing they qualify for a payout and will need to pay advance fees to get the money released.
IFW Global has contacted Facebook and forwarded copies of the messages recently sent to a potential Australian victim named Michael M.
He received messages from his real friend “Richard” encouraging him to join the scheme. The real Richard’s FB profile has been cloned with the identical profile photo used.
Once the victim communicates with the fake Richard, he then introduces the victim to Dianne H (another fake account) who is alleged to be from the Workers Compensation Board.
Mr M has been in touch with Richard H who said he has no knowledge of the WAB Super Grants Scheme, and he did not send the message.
It appears at least 12 of Mr M’s friends have had their accounts cloned, all retired people in their 70s. IFW Global is continuing to monitor the scam reports and we welcome any information that comes forward from potential victims.
How to report possible scammers
You can visit Scamwatch at www.scamwatch.gov.au to report to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), and you can contact the DSS fraud reporting hotline on 1800 054 312
You can also contact IFW Global on 1300 439 456.