A Kalgoorlie-Boulder business owner is facing the cost of being targeted by an elaborate international scam.
Diane Nazzari, owner of Weslan Accommodation, will have to pay for the currency exchange shortfall after depositing a cheque denominated in US dollars sent from the scammer’s UK bank account.
The scam began with Mrs Nazzari responding to an email from “Steve Anderson” of London, requesting an estimate for 10 nights’ accommodation for a group of six “researchers”.
Although the amount quoted by Mrs Nazzari was $3500, she received a cheque worth $8987, with the excess amount being for “logistic services”, which the scammers wanted transferred to their UK bank account before the cheque had cleared in Australia.
While the beleaguered business owner had the wherewithal not to send any money until it had been cleared and deposited into her account, she will have to pay for the movement in the AUD-USD exchange rate for the time between cashing the cheque and it being rejected by the bank.