Stop­ping the scam­mers

The Cairns Post - - VIEWS -

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.

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