Back

Land Rights News Central Australia: Land Rights News (October 2011)

Published: November, 2011

“Aboriginal people are the last people who can afford to be ripped off and they need to know there are crooks out there who do this all the time.”

Dodgy Email Scams

CLC Chairman Lindsay Bookie says computer scams from countries in Africa are costing Aboriginal people in remote communities money they can’t afford.


“I am hearing stories of people sending money to all sorts of places because they’ve been told they might win millions of dollars if they do,” Mr Bookie said.


“Aboriginal people are the last people who can afford to be ripped off and they need to know there are crooks out there who do this all the time.”


The scam is usually in the form of an email which tells the receiver to deposit money into an account and they will then receive a large amount of money.


Mr Bookie said in the last incident he heard about two Aboriginal women from a remote community who were sending off $800 from the Alice Springs Post Office despite being warned by the staff there.


“Don’t reply to emails from people you don’t know and don’t send them money.


“As they say, when something seems too good to be true, it usually is,” said Mr Bookie.