WA ScamNet has again identified a travel brochure scam which contain fake scratchie cards, this time trading as Thumbs Up Travel. WA ScamNet has named a variety of these scams in the past.
Over 100 of these letters have been intercepted at Australia Post over the last few days, however it is believed that a large number of these fake brochures have made their way into the community.
Consumers who receive these brochures and call the number on the card will be asked to pay a release fee to receive the indicated $165,000 USD 2nd prize. The prize does not exist, and the scammers may just walk away with the money they collect from bogus fees. Often these types of scams continue and the scammers attempt to contact the consumer again and again to ask for payment for other fictitious fees and taxes.
We advise all consumers to disregard the brochure. If you have suffered a financial loss from this or any other scam we urge you to contact the Department of Commerce.