Man charged after setting up bogus companies for overseas ransomware scam

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A man has been charged with money laundering as part of an investigation by Queensland police into an overseas scam.

Police claim the accused fraudulently set up three Australian companies – JC Enterprising, JC Web Creations and ITZ Services – between February 2015 and July 2017, after being contacted by a fake overseas computer repair company asking him to become its local representative and receive funds from customers.

Police have charged a Mackay man with money laundering as part of an investigation into an overseas computer scam. Police have charged a Mackay man with money laundering as part of an investigation into an overseas computer scam. Photo: xijian

Victims were then contacted by overseas cold callers, who asked for remote access to the victims’ computers because they needed to be repaired.

Police said the scammers would then download a virus onto the computers and demand money from the victims to unlock the computer again.

The accused, a 75-year-old Mackay man, allegedly transferred more than a million dollars overseas during the past seven years.

He was arrested on Friday, after police searched several Mackay post boxes back in April and found mail addressed to the bogus companies.

Police charged him with recklessly engaging in money laundering and he was expected to appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court on August 3.

Detective Inspector Nikki Colfs from Mackay Crime and Support Services reiterated the need for caution around cold callers and said people should not download software onto their computer in this scenario.

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http://www.watoday.com.au/queensland/man-charged-after-setting-up-bogus-companies-for-overseas-ransomware-scam-20170710-gx8etk.html

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