A fraudulent competition claiming to offer thousands in prizes has landed in South Burnett mailboxes.
A fraudulent competition claiming to offer thousands in prizes has landed in South Burnett mailboxes. Will Hunter

Fraudulent scratchie scams promise thousands

DODGY scratchies promising thousands of dollars have landed in South Burnett mailboxes.

The glossy pamphlets and scratch cards claim to be from a Malaysian travel company offering prizes of up to $270,000 US.

A Kingaroy woman received one on Tuesday and said she could spot the scam straight away.

"The moment I looked in the brochure, there's a whole lot of information but it tells you nothing," she said.

But she said some people might not be so astute at identifying the fraudulent competition.

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"For people who don't have the internet, they could possibly fall for something like this," she said.

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission website Scamwatch has warned about the scratchie scams since around 2010.

The scams promise a prize on the condition a collection fee is paid.

In 2016, Australians have lost more than $420,000 to the scam.

It has been reported to the ACCC more than 500 times this year.

To find out more about how scratchie scams work, click here.

Scams cost Australians millions

  • AUSTRALIANS lost nearly $42 million to scams in the first half of 2016.
  • Dating and romance scams cost people the most with more than $11 million claimed.
  • Across 76,092 reports 7.4% reported a financial loss.
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