Slick crook poses as man's wife and asks for $28,000

THE police have issued a warning to the community after a crook took over a man's email account, and tried to obtain $28,000 from his wife.

An incredible "email account takeover" incident was reported to Mackay Police yesterday.

In a release send out today, Queensland Police referred to this attempt as "slick".

"It is apparent in this slick attempt, that some study of email communication patterns between the two was undertaken as affectionate nicknames and accurate account titles were all used," they said,

"Here is the wording (minus sensitive information) used by the criminal in the attempt."

Read the email here:

Hi (affectionate nickname) ,

I want you to take care of this payment for me this morning from the (account name) account

Please ensure you put my name as the reference and send me a transfer copy . 

REFERENCE is (correct name used here)





Amount $28,000 



Police said the woman was just "seconds away" from responding to the request.

"We have grown used to seeing this type of crime used in a business hierarchy or customer/business relationship," Senior Constable Steve Smith said.

"This is the first time I have personally seen it used outside of an organisation and targeting spouses.

"The email account takeovers begin with the first step of compromising a system. This typically occurs when the victim responds to a phishing attempt."

For information obtained from the Scamwatch website on phishing click here.

"We are satisfied in this particular incident that a phishing styled email received last week was in fact responsible for the initial breach of the victim's system," Snr Const Smith said.

"Finally, if you receive a suspicious email seeking money transfers or the supply of sensitive information, be wary.

"Take the time to confirm it's authenticity if you feel you should. That voice whispering to you at the back of your head is often worth listening to."

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