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Barkly Bistro Bar and Accommodation falls victim to scam | The Ararat Advertiser

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In February 2022 owners of Ararat’s Barkly Bistro Bar and Accommodation, Sandy and Rob Martin had their life turned upside down. It all started when their business bank account was wrongly charged $1200 for Facebook advertising. This was followed by Mrs Martin receiving a notification from Telstra that her email account had been hacked, which sounded off alarm bells for the business owners. Not long after, Mrs Martin was notified her email was suspended due to her allegedly posting child pornography on her Facebook page and as a consequence the couple were logged out of the business Facebook account as it was linked to Mrs Martin’s personal account. “At a time when activity is historically quite slow during February, it really hurt us,” Rob Martin said. “We believe it has had a massive effect on our turnover, we would have lost $5,000 last month. “It’s not just the loss of turnover but also the loss of confidence with members of the…

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