Close shave for ‘jackpot winner’ caught up in likely drug mule scam
Police say a NEW Zealand man who believed he’d won a lottery jackpot was at risk of becoming an unwitting drug mule.
The 74-year-old received a flash on his computer screen, congratulating him for being the winner of $US165,000 in an online lottery.
The man felt luck was on his side but he couldn’t have been more wrong.
He traveled from Auckland to Sydney last weekend and was on the way to Hong Kong to collect his winnings.
When leaving New Zealand, the man told the country’s Customs service about his prize.
Concerned Customs officers then tipped off the Australian Border Force before the man reached Sydney.
When he touched down in Australia, officers spoke to the man and told him he was the likely victim of a phishing scam, which can put people at risk of becoming drug mules.
Australian Border Force officers said there had been several other cases of people falling victim to scams of this type and they were conned into carrying drugs back into their own countries.
Australian Federal Police also spoke to the man about the scams and encouraged him not to travel to Hong Kong and helped him book tickets back to New Zealand.
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