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Up to 150 fund members affected by early release scam

Sarah Kendell
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The Australian Federal Police are investigating a fraud committed through the government's early release of super scheme where up to 150 super fund members have had $10,000 released from their accounts.

Addressing the Senate Select Committee on the government's COVID-19 response on Thursday, AFP commissioner Reece Kershaw said preliminary investigations conducted by the AFP's cyber crime division had revealed up to 150 people could be affected by the scam.

The fraud was referred to the AFP on 1 May by the ATO, who also made the Assistant Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and Financial Technology aware earlier this week.

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"We are working with the ATO and the relevant super funds in relation to establishing, first of all, up to 150 possible victims," Mr Kershaw told the committee.

"We are going to resolve [the payments] to see if it has legitimately gone to that client or not, but it could be up to 150 who have had $10,000 defrauded from their super fund".

More to come.

 

Up to 150 fund members affected by early release scam
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