Sixth syndicate member charged over coordinated fraud, NSW

A woman is the sixth member of an alleged coordinated fraud syndicate to be charged as part of ongoing investigations into business email compromise scams across NSW, NSW Police say.

Earlier this year, detectives from the State Crime Command’s Cybercrime Squad established Strike Force Woolana to investigate organised criminal syndicates involved in fraudulent activities, including business email compromises, identity theft, romance scams and the fraudulent sale of goods.

Five people – three men and two women – were previously charged by police. They remain before the courts.

Following further inquiries, Strike Force Woolana detectives arrested a 27-year-old woman at Liverpool Police Station about 12.30pm on Wednesday (19 September 2018).

She was charged with participate criminal group contribute criminal activity, recklessly deal with proceeds of crime, and hinder discovery of evidence in relation to a serious indictable offence.

Police will allege in court that the woman was involved in the laundering of almost $90,000, which was fraudulently obtained through fraudulent activity.

The Green Valley woman was granted strict conditional bail and is due to appear at Liverpool Local Court on Wednesday 24 October 2018.

Investigations under Strike Force Woolana are continuing.

Reports of online fraud can be made to the Police Assistance Line on 131 444 or at a local police station.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to organised fraudulent activity, email/online scams, or other cybercrimes to call Crime Stoppers.

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