SCAM ALERT: The AFP's scam alert on a fake scam alert

A fake scam the AFP has warned people to look out for.
A fake scam the AFP has warned people to look out for. Facebook Australian Federal Poli

THE Australian Federal Police has issued an unusual scam alert.

It is calling on people to look out for an email that seems to be a scam alert from the Australian Federal Police.

The email is from ACORN Management Unit, a so-called branch of the Australian Federal Police.

"How are you doing, we hope you are fine over there we are sorry you are a scammer victim," the email reads.

And then, in an example of terrible English that should be a crime, the email continues on.

"We writing you this message in regard of the scam alert," it reads.

There's good news before the clincher (and with some more poor English to follow)

"Your money have been recovered but before the funds can be transfer we need to carry our some verification," it reads.

All you have to do is "kindly send us your middle finger and index finger, thumb print."

The AFP has urged people to not open the email, delete it and report it.

The AFP and Queensland Police Service, which has also warned of the email, has provided a handy list of how to identify a genuine AFP scam alert from a fake one.

These are the key points:

Fact: The AFP doesn't send emails to you from a Gmail account.

Fact: The AFP will never ask for photos of your fingerprints by email.

Fact: There's a new scam circulating that ironically is claiming to help victims of scams get their money back.

The email is pretending to be from the ACORN Management Unit in the AFP - this doesn't exist.

Remember, Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) is the place to report cybercrime.

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