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Ronald McDonald House Charities Ukraine

Ronald McDonald House Charities Ukraine

A hamburger with cheese and salad on a white background This email uses the name of a charity for sick kids to recruit innocent people to act as money mules?

Western Australians are receiving an unsolicited email purportedly from Ronald McDonald House Charities (Ukraine).

The email states the charity is looking for a financial operations manager to process payments from clients in Australia and New Zealand, and forward the money to the Ukraine. The successful applicant will receive 5 per cent commission on the transfers and can make $500 to $2000 a week.

The email claims it takes Australian and New Zealand banks more than two weeks to transfer the money into their Ukrainian bank account. Having a financial manager would short cut this process.

Of course this is just a money transfer scheme. Often the money being transferred has been stolen from the online bank accounts of other Australians.

There are laws against money laundering. There is a real possibility that you will be prosecuted. It is not worth the risk of prosecution and a criminal record.

The legitimate charity, Ronald McDonald House Charities, have posted a warning on its website that this is a scam. There is no RMHC in the Ukraine. Check out the warning on RMHC’s site at www.rmhc.org.au .

The United Kingdom’s banking industry website www.banksafeonline.org.uk/spotting_scams.html has an up-to-date list of other money mule scams.