Stopping the scammers
RE: The column by Karen Brooks (CP, 13/3) about the the Brisbane City Council paying out over $450,000 to scammers producing phony invoices.
Wouldn’t each department have order numbers and then invoices are matched to those order numbers? In business that’s how it’s done. Nothing is paid without double checking.
That’s ratepayers’ money down the tubes just because proper procedures are not in place.
Maybe every council needs an audit on internal payment procedures.
These grubs are quick learners and I bet word has spread there is a massive amount to be scammed from councils and perhaps government departments. Beth Lavington, Kanimbla 1493 : Christopher Columbus returns to Spain, concluding his first voyage to the Western Hemisphere. 1877: The first cricket Test between Australia and England is played in Melbourne. The home side wins by 45 runs. 2002: A Brisbane Supreme Court jury finds Robert Long guilty of setting fire to a hostel in June 2000 that killed 15 young backpackers. 2008: Queenslanders vote in historic council elections that cut the number of local government authorities from 157 to 73. 2016: After winning the key Florida primaries, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton (above) become the likely Republican and Democratic presidential candidates.