A couple were turned into drug mules after winning a free trip and luggage in a scam that is targeting older people today. The Australian couple won a free trip to Canada and along with that trip came new luggage, but the couple soon found out something was very wrong, according to the New York Daily News on Oct. 27.
The couple became unwilling drug mules with 7 kilos of meth packed into the lining of the new suitcases that were also part of this big sweepstakes prize. The prize gave them an all expense trip to Canada, which included the plane tickets and accommodations for the week abroad.
When they were leaving Canada, the trip organizer replaced their luggage with new very expensive luggage as part of their prize. In the lining of these beautiful new sets of luggage was where the criminals stored the drugs. The suitcases played into the scam.
The conman switched the couple’s suit case and the ones they took with them back home to Australia were lined with seven kilos crystal meth. The couple noticed something different with their suitcases when they retrieved them at the airport. They were “a little bit heavier.” When they arrived back home authorities at the airport in Australia discovered the drugs and quickly realized that the couple was duped.
The company AUSCAN is bogus and setup to do just this sort of scam, targeting older couples and telling them they won a free all-expense trip. When the couple gets to their vacation destination they are given new luggage, which has the drugs neatly stashed away.
These scam artists went to a great lengths to make this look like a legit trip won by this couple. The couple said the very professional sounding man called them a week after they entered a contest to tell them they had won. It was the conman, but they didn’t know it at the time.
The wife, who is called just “Sue,” is 64 and her husband is 72. The couple worried that they’d be thrown in jail for bringing drugs into Australia once the authorities found the drugs. Authorities knew they were telling the truth. Authorities in Canada arrested a man in the hotel where the couple stayed. They found $15,000 in cash and two blue suitcases in the hotel room with the man.