TELEPHONE SCAM: “Fake” Police contacting businesses in Queensland

Reprinted from myPolice QPS News

Police are investigating a telephone scam targeting small and independent businesses in the North Coast Region of Queensland.

Two official complaints have been made regarding a caller alleging to be from the Queensland Police Service requesting donations to fund child protection initiatives.

One caller has claimed to be from the Media and Public Affairs Branch, the second from the Child Protection Investigation Unit and in both instances they have requested credit card details.

The Queensland Police Service does not solicit donations from members of the public via telephone. Anybody who receives such a call is urged to report the incident to police.

Members of the public are reminded to be cautious about providing their credit card details over the phone.

Anyone with information which could assist police with their investigations should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day or contact Maroochydore Police on 54752444.

Crime Stoppers is a charitable community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.