​​Reporting Advance Fee Fraud

The Queensland Police Service (QPS) has developed an initiative to assist victims reporting Advance Fee Fraud. This initiative will, in some cases, progress a fraud report to an overseas Law Enforcement Agency. It will also provide the QPS with key intelligence to proactively combat this crime.

To report a matter of Advance Fee Fraud please follow the steps outlined below:


IMPORTANT MESSAGE

ONLINE AUCTION FRAUD matters can not be reported via this facility where the offender is believed to reside in Australia. All such complaints must be reported via www.police.qld.gov.au/onlineauctionfraud.

SPORTS ARBITRAGE / SPORTS and INVESTMENT SCAMS can not be reported via this facility where the offender is believed to reside in Australia. All matters if this nature must be reported in person to your local police for assessment.

If the complaint is assessed as being criminal in nature and the offender resides in a different jurisdiction, the local police will refer the complaint to the relevant area.

NOTE: Any reports lodged via this facility that relate to online Auction Fraud or Sports or Investment Scams where the offender is believed to reside in Australia WILL NOT be processed.


Step One – Identify the Law Enforcement Agency responsible for the investigation

The Law Enforcement Agency responsible for investigating these matters is generally determined by the location of the offender at the time of the offence. Therefore you need to identify the State or Country you believe the offender is located before you make your report.

How Do I know what State or Country the offender is located?

Where did you send your money? Did you send the money via direct deposit into a bank account? If so, what was the branch number (BSB) of the account you deposited to? (Your bank may be able to assist with this inquiry). What postal address did you send your money to? Where did the offender tell you they lived?

What if I sent money to more than one State or Country?

If you have sent money to more than one State or Country you should report the matter to the State or Country that first received your funds.


Step Two – Read the following important information

Progressing your Report to Nigeria or Ghana

Choose the link below and complete the online web based reporting form before pressing the submit button. Retain the report reference number provided on your screen. If when completing the form you have nominated Nigeria or Ghana as the Law Enforcement Agency Responsible for investigating your report, details entered will be sent to that country’s respective email address:

  • In the case of Nigeria - (info@efccnigeria.org)
  • In the case of Ghana - (info@ghanapolice.org)

The applicable law enforcement agency will be in contact. Please retain any emails, attachments, and/or documentation you have relating to your matter.

Information provided will also be retained by the Queensland Police Service for intelligence purposes.

Progressing your report to other African Nations

Choose the link below and complete the online web based reporting form before pressing the submit button. Retain the report reference number provided on your screen. At the present time the Queensland Police is yet to establish trusted relationships with African nations other than Nigeria or Ghana. If when completing the form you have nominated another West African nation as the Law Enforcement Agency responsible for investigating your report, details entered will be retained by the Queensland Police Service for intelligence purposes only. If a relationship is later forged with the country you nominated, and you have indicated your wish for the matter to be investigated, you will be advised accordingly.

Progressing your Report to the United Kingdom, United States or Canada

Each of the above countries has direct online reporting facilities.  In order to submit a report please click on the relevant link:

  • To notify the UK authorities, please submit a report directly via: http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/
     
    (N.B  Although the website instructions indicate that this facility is for UK citizens, the Queensland Police Service has received advice from the UK authorities that they will accept reports from Australia citizens via this reporting portal).
     
  • To notify United States of America authorities, please submit a report directly via: http://www.ic3.gov/complaint
     
  • To notify Canadian authorities, please submit a report directly via:
    http://www.antifraudcentre-centreantifraude.ca/

Whilst the Queensland Police Service would like you to submit your report directly to each of the above countries, in order to develop preventative strategies and to be kept updated on the latest scams the Fraud and Corporate Crime Group would be interested in receiving your report as an “Information Only” report.  If you are willing to provide this information please go to Step 3 and complete the Advance Fee Fraud Online Web Based Reporting Form and put the reason for submission as “For Information purposes ONLY”.

Progressing your report to any other country

Choose the link below and complete the online web based reporting form before pressing the submit button. Retain the report reference number provided on your screen. If when completing the form you have nominated any other country as the Law Enforcement Agency responsible for investigating your report, details entered in most cases will be retained by the Queensland Police Service for intelligence purposes only. If the Queensland Police Service believes further investigation is appropriate, and you have indicated your wish for the matter to be investigated, you will be advised accordingly.

Progressing your report to Australian Law Enforcement

Choose the link below and complete the online web based reporting form before pressing the submit button.

Retain the report reference number provided on your screen.

If when completing the form you have nominated your belief the offender is residing in Queensland, details entered will be vetted by the Hi Tech Crime Investigation Unit at the Queensland Police.

A member of the Queensland Police Service will be in contact with you. Please retain any emails, attachments, and/or documentation you have relating to the matter.

If when completing the form you have nominated another State or Territory in Australia as the Law Enforcement Agency Responsible for investigating your report, details entered will be vetted by the hi Tech Crime Investigation Unit at the Queensland Police and forwarded to the relevant jurisdiction.

A member of the relevant law enforcement agency will be in contact with you. Please retain any emails, attachments, and/or documentation you have relating to the matter.


Step Three – Complete the online web based Advance Fee Fraud Report

REPORTING FORM

Click the link below to complete the Advance Fee Fraud online Web Based Reporting Form:

ADVANCE FEE FRAUD ONLINE WEB BASED REPORTING FORM

Note: Javascript must be turned on to complete the form. Javascript is normally turned on by default.