You probably feel angry, betrayed and are in disbelief that someone you trusted has defrauded you. Decisions you make now are vital.
You might want to report the matter to police because you think it is your best chance to recover your losses.
You should know that in most cases, bringing a civil claim is by far the quickest and most effective way to get your money back. The Victoria Police website section on “Reporting Fraud” says “Police only investigate criminal matters in order to charge offenders and bring evidence before a court. Civil action is the most appropriate method of recovering money.” So before you race off to the police, get legal advice.
If you are the victim of fraud do not confront the fraudster or let them know they are under suspicion. You do not have to report the matter to police at the outset. Immediately obtain legal advice before you do anything. Only when you know all your options can you make sensible decision about how best to proceed.
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