Warning on flood donations
IPSWICH residents wishing to support flood victims are being warned to take a moment to check who they are donating to, following reports of scams operating across Queensland.
Police warn they anticipate fraudsters will send emails and create websites claiming they will facilitate donations to charities established to support the flood relief and victims.
Members of the public are urged to support the flood appeals with financial donations but to give to recognised charities.
Detective Superintendent Brian Hay of the Fraud and Corporate Crime Group said fraudsters preyed on the goodwill of people during a crisis and were experts in establishing authentic websites and delivering believable emails.
“These fraudulent devices are designed to illicit identity, financial and credit card details from unsuspecting members of the public who are simply looking to support flood victims,” he said.
Anyone with information that could help police can contact Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000.