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International students who scammed people of $2.5million arrested in Sydney

Nine men involved in ‘criminal syndicate that handed over $2.5 million to victims by making cold calls and pretending to represent a government agency’ have been arrested

  • Nine men arrested after allegedly looting $2.5 million people
  • Detectives arrested the men, who have student visas, in western Sydney
  • They allegedly targeted people through a telephone scam and sent money abroad
  • Strike Force Beswick, who is investigating, said the men are part of a syndicate

Police have arrested nine Sydney men who allegedly stole victims’ $2.5 million by making cold calls and pretending to represent a government agency.

Strike Force Beswick claims the men were part of a criminal syndicate that transferred more than $2.4 million through about 475 electronic money transfers.

Police will allege in court that the men targeted people through cold calling scams before transferring the money abroad through fraudulent bank accounts.

Financial Crime Squad Commander Chief Inspector Linda Howlett warned the public to be vigilant when receiving cold calls from an unknown number.

Police have arrested and charged nine scammers in Western Sydney who allegedly stole $2.5 million from victims

Police have arrested and charged nine scammers in Western Sydney who allegedly stole $2.5 million from victims

“These scammers make cold calls to landlines and cell phones claiming to be from a well-known company or government agency and then demand some kind of payment, often via wire transfer or gift card,” she said.

“There is not a single government agency – nor legitimate company – in Australia that would ask for payment through these methods.

“The most important advice we give is to just hang up.”

Detectives established Strike Force Beswick in October 2021 to investigate the syndicate that is allegedly laundering money they hijacked abroad.

The men, all on student visas and ranging in age from 22 to 27, were arrested in western Sydney.

A 24-year-old Wiley Park man was arrested Monday at Sydney International Airport and taken to Mascot Police Station.

After further investigation, detectives issued two search warrants at 6am on Tuesday at properties in Sydney Olympic Park.

A 26-year-old man was arrested and taken to the Burwood Police Station, while three other men, ages 22, 23 and 27, were arrested by officers and taken to the Auburn Police Station.

The four men arrested on the grounds of Sydney Olympic Park were refused bail and appeared before the Burwood Local Court on Tuesday.

Strike Force Beswick, created to investigate the men's activities, believes they were part of a wider criminal syndicate

Strike Force Beswick, created to investigate the men’s activities, believes they were part of a wider criminal syndicate

Three 24-year-old men were arrested around noon at a Punchbowl property and taken to Campsie Police Station.

Another man, 23, was arrested and taken to Burwood Police Station. He assists detectives in their investigation.

The charges against the men include knowingly directing a criminal group that aids crime, knowingly handling proceeds of crimes with intent to conceal, handling identity information to commit a crime, and property proceeds from crimes in excess of $100,000.

The visa status of all arrested men has been referred to the Interior Ministry, and police are expected to make further arrests.

Strike Force Berwick is still investigating.

More people are expected to be arrested.

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