Man charged over 'money mule' recruitment

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A Sydney man has been accused of recruiting unwitting "money mules" online to launder the proceeds of crime in return for a commission.

The 27-year-old was arrested at his Brighton-Le-Sands home on Thursday and charged with using a carriage service to harass, as well as failing to provide access to records on a computer at the property.

Police allege the man was involved in an attempt to transfer more than $16,000 from a malware victim to an Australian bank account.

The account holder had no knowledge of the money's original source, agreeing to receive it after responding to an online job advertisement.

The accused man was on Friday granted bail at Sydney's Central Local Court and will next appear at Downing Centre Local Court on April 13.

"This investigation shows the dangers of being lured in by organised criminals through the promise of quick and easy cash," Australian Federal Police Detective Acting Superintendent Tom Walker said in a statement.

"Our message to the community is don't get sucked in by organised criminals.

"Don't do their dirty work and become complicit in their crimes."