The ABC has identified a new and highly sophisticated fraudsters who have created fake online profiles posing as millworkers to impersonate millworkers.
Key points:The fake profiles, which have been used to impersonating millworkers, are being used by fraudsters to obtain bank accounts, insurance premiums and even property ownershipThe scam has been spreading across AustraliaThe identity of the fraudsters, who have been identified by the ABC as being from the state of Victoria, have been widely circulated on social media.
In one of the new fake profiles used by the fraudster, the fake name Broden Millworks is displayed alongside a number of other fictitious names, including ‘David’, ‘Jasmine’, ‘Dee’ and ‘Jill’.
The profiles are created by using an image macro and a photograph of Broden, which were then taken and uploaded to a Facebook page known as Broden.
Broden Millworkers is not Broden the millworker.
It is a new scam that has recently emerged in the Australian mining industry.
Broen Millworks was the subject of a major investigation by the Department of Employment in May 2018, when a total of $5 million was stolen from the company.
The Department of WorkCover said it had taken action to investigate the fraud, but that it did not have the evidence to substantiate allegations of widespread criminal activity.
The scamster who was responsible for the new frauds has been identified as David from Victoria.
Mr Millworks, from Southport, has a history of working in the industry, including in the mining industry, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Mr Broden was working at Broden millwork in the city of Cairns in Queensland at the time.
He told the ABC he had left Broden to find work and was looking for work in Sydney.
“We had a couple of kids in school who were studying mining and I was looking to do some business in Australia,” he said.
“I was working for Broden at the mine so it was a good fit.”
Mr Broen said he had “just got back from work”.
“It was like a dream come true,” he told the news channel.
“When I got to work, the first thing I did was look up Broden and they said I was Broden’s apprentice and that I should apply for a millwork licence.”
Mr Mills said he could not explain how he could have been duped into working for a scammer.
“The millwork people are pretty good and they know how to play the game and they can get away with it,” he explained.
“They’ve got their hands in everything from the banks to the insurance, they know the basics.”
You can get a job and it doesn’t take long.
“Mr David said the scam was “the biggest scam I’ve ever been involved in”.”
The people who work there, they are the ones who actually do the jobs,” he added.”
There’s no other way they can afford to be so poor.
“If you’re working in this industry, you’ve got to be able to pay the bills.”
Mr Cameron said fraudsters would often send bank cards or other money to fictitious millworker accounts to trick them into giving false information.
“It’s just a big scam,” he warned.
“These are really young people and they’re just trying to make a quick buck.”
People should be very suspicious of the banks because if they don’t have a bank account, they can be at risk of fraud.
“Broden told the BBC he had had “a lot of people contact me”.”
Some of them have been very nice, others have not,” he recalled.”
But I don’t think they’re really aware of what’s going on.
“Some people are just really nice, they’ve been nice to me and they don:t know what’s really going on.”
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said it was working with Broden in an attempt to identify any other Australian fraudsters.
“As soon as we get a complaint, we’ll investigate it,” a spokesperson said.