Police searching Indian-origin man who impersonated ‘AFP’ to steal money

Victoria Police are investigating a case where a woman had a large amount of money stolen fraudulently in February 2021.

Police Investigators have been told the 25-year-old woman was contacted by phone on 17 February 2021 by a man claiming to be from Australian Federal Police (AFP).

The man claimed that the woman had a tax debt.

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According to the Victoria Police, the man allegedly told her to withdraw $15,500 from her personal savings account.

The woman was then told to take the money to Blackwood Street in North Melbourne on 18 February where she was met by an unknown male.

The male took the money and immediately left the area.

The woman contacted police on the same day.

She was suspicious about the legitimacy of the transaction of cash.

Victoria Police are now looking for an Indian-origin young man:

“The man that took the money is perceived to be of Indian descent, approximately 170-180cm tall with short black hair and a floppy fringe. He was wearing a red top underneath a suit blazer.”

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Investigators have released images of a man they believe will be able to assist with their enquiries.

Anyone who recognises the male is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au