Public warned of QLD mining scam

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Residents on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast have been warned about a scam that guarantees a job in the mining industry if the customer pays inflated prices for a training course.

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On Friday Sunshine Coast detectives charged a 62-year-old Yeppoon man with four counts of obtaining money by deception and two counts of attempting to dishonestly obtain money.

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Six men from the Sunshine Coast aged from their 20s to 40s fell victim to the scam.

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Police said the course was legitimate but people were charging too much for the training, selling places when they were not licensed to do so, and wrongly guaranteeing jobs in the industry.

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Sunshine Coast senior sergeant Darren Edwards told the Brisbane Times people needed to be wary of some industry training courses.

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"Just ask yourself, if a stranger knew of a quick way to make money, would they be telling you about it," he said.

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"If something sounds too good to be true, chances are it is."

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He said people should properly investigate training courses and what they offer before enrolling in them.

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“Never rush into any transaction. Always take your time and seek independent advice before making any decisions.”

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The Yeppoon man is due to appear before Maroochydoore Magistrates
Court on September 23.