A scammer has swindled a Brisbane cakemaker out of a “substantial amount of money” after they were contacted online for a personalised dessert.
Police issued a warning after the Runcorn victim was contacted online to make a personalised birthday cake and the person asked them to put a large amount of money inside that would be a surprise when it was cut into.
When the suspect came to collect the cake, they quickly showed the victim a screenshot of a bank transfer receipt before walking away with the cash-filled cake.
But the receipt shown was fake and the victim never received a payment into their bank account.
Police are continuing their investigation but are urging the public to always take precautions when conducting business using social media platforms.
This includes confirming the payment has gone through before handing over goods, not meeting the other party at your home and arranging a safe location and time when you are at less risk and always being aware of your surroundings.
Anyone who experiences a similar incident is urged to make a police report.
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