Australia: Criminal organization tricks backpackers into surrendering passports

Posted on August 20, 2013 • Filed under: Australia, Tourist Robbed, Tourist Scam

According to, a tourism leader on Queensland’s Gold Coast says a recent scam that targeted backpackers should not deter visitors. A man is facing several charges, after police cracked a syndicate which allegedly tricked backpackers into handing over their passports. It is alleged the information was used to launder money and sell counterfeit jewellery. Read article

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