1. Masterchef star Dani Venn loses $250,000 in hacking scam.
The cook, who has gone on to work in TV and start her own businesses, has been left homeless after the proceeds of her home’s sale were stolen. Dani, her husband Chris and their two children cannot afford to settle their new property.
Speaking to A Current Affair, Dani said she feared this could happen to anyone.
“This is our life savings here, we’ve got two small children, a four-and-a-half-month-old, and a three-and-a-half-year-old.”
Dani and their kids have moved in with her mother and Chris is living in a caravan while they try to sort their situation out.
But it’s looking bleak.
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The couple need to find the $120,000 to settle their property by the end of the week or they’ll lose their deposit and the home.
The theft occurred when Property Exchange Australia (PEXA), the online platform their conveyancers were using was targetted by hackers who created a fake username under their PEXA account. This allowed new bank details to be added, so Dani’s family’s money was moved to the fraudster’s accounts.
A Current Affair reports PEXA was warned they were at risk of attack before it happened.
But their CEO said only that the “conveyancer approved bank account details that were incorrect”.
Dani’s bank has been able to recover $138,000 of the stolen funds, but $110,00 is not able to be recovered.