Friday 16 August - The City of Gold Coast has been alerted to a donation scam targeting residents on the southern and northern ends of the city.
Mayor Tom Tate said the City was made aware of the scam after letters were sent to residents on Chevron Island and in Palm Beach last week.
“A resident phoned Council concerned about a letter that was addressed to her which claims to be written by myself, asking for donations to an account falsely stating to have been set up to help save our beaches;” he said.
“A second resident then contacted us to advise they had received the same letter. Both these letters ask people to transfer their donations into an anonymous prepaid Australia Post Pay and Load card.
“Both letters also have an illegible signature at the bottom that bares no resemblance to my own.”
The Mayor said it was disappointing that people were trying to take advantage of the hard work the City was putting into re-nourishing the Gold Coast’s beaches.
“People have really got behind Council’s efforts on the ground to fix our beaches and this is clearly an attempt to cash in on that goodwill and community spirit,” he said.
“I urge anyone who thinks they may have received this letter to contact the Queensland Police Service or the Federal Government’s Scam Watch website scamwatch.gov.au.”
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