Australian mother scammed out of $140,000 in bank deposit scheme

A mum has told how desperate she was after what appeared to be a wrong credit of $147 on her account wiped out her savings of $140,000.

Donna Brain, from Melbourne, Australia, had planned to put the money into a new home following a painful divorce.

“I don’t even know how it happened. After everything I’ve been through, I just wanted a nice house to live in. a Tearful Brain told Channel 7.

The incident highlighted just how sophisticated crooks have become.

Brain was about to move into a new house after the breakdown of his marriage when a curious transaction occurred in his Commonwealth Bank account.

A sum of $ 147 was transferred to the account of the 56-year-old nurse under a mysterious name that she does not recognize.

The scammer pretended to be Donna Brain’s bank and asked her to transfer money – stealing her account information in the process.
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Then came a phone call, allegedly from her bank, where Brain was asked to return the $147 that it was claimed was sent to her by accident.

“They didn’t ask for any NetBank number or password,” she said.

But the information the criminals now had was sufficient.

Initially, a withdrawal of $350 was made from Brain’s account. When they were successful, further withdrawals followed.

“They transferred six lots of $14,000 and then $56,000,” she said.

Banking scams are on the rise with shady phone calls, suspicious emails and even fake websites that mimic established bank sites and are there to trick you into giving you passwords and account details.

People should always be suspicious if someone they don’t know or even someone who says they are a company they head is pressuring them to make a payment or hand over personal information. .

Commonwealth Bank has repaid Brain’s $140,000 and his move is back.

However, banks have warned that they are not always able to refund cash that has been stolen from accounts by scammers. So people should always stop and ask themselves if that unsolicited call from the bank, that unexpected email, or that weird transaction is entirely acceptable.

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