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Victoria Police warn of racing scam

BY Mick Sharkie - @TheSharkTweet
4 weeks ago Horse Racing

Victoria Police are on the lookout (Pic: Getty)

A fake job platform promising employment in the racing industry has come to the attention of Victoria Police.

The company promises to provide a broker service between job seekers and racing stables for a fee, but once payment has been made no services are completed. 

Racing Victoria brought the scam to the attention of police after a number of complaints were received from duped job seekers, many of them immigrants, fell victim to the scam.

“Racing Victoria are assisting Victoria Police with an investigation they are conducting into the online advertisement of migration and employment services targeting persons wishing to enter the horse racing industry in Australia," said Racing Victoria's Shaun Kelly.

“Racing Victoria has received half-a-dozen complaints from various international locations regarding the alleged scam and has referred these to Victoria Police."

Scammers have a history of targeting the racing and wagering industry in Australia and in February 2016 former Queensland Police detective Mick Featherstone was charged by police and the Crime and Corruption Commission for his alleged part in an estimated $15million - $20million betting syndicate fraud.

The fraud involved cold calling Australian residents and selling investment in betting software and prediction systems as well as race betting syndicates.

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