More than half of Melbourne’s postcards are fake, according to a new report.
It comes after the city’s council said it was taking steps to curb the spread of fake photos.
A spokesperson for the city council told the ABC the problem was “widespread”.
“Postcards are often the easiest way to send messages and often contain genuine images that are widely circulated, which can lead to a risk of fraud,” they said.
But the report from Melbourne Postcard Office says there’s no evidence of widespread fraud, saying the city is taking action to ensure the quality of the postcards is maintained.”
We understand the frustration of people, especially young people, who have experienced the effects of misinformation on social networking sites.”
But the report from Melbourne Postcard Office says there’s no evidence of widespread fraud, saying the city is taking action to ensure the quality of the postcards is maintained.
It says Melbourne Postcards has “robust” policies in place to detect and take action against fake posts.
But it also warns that the city may be “worried” about how the city can prevent the spread, because of the sheer volume of fake posts in the city.
The report says Melbourne is working with its insurance provider to identify people who may have received fake posts, and to “remove fraudulent postcards from the streets”.
“The City of Melbourne is committed to maintaining a safe and secure environment for its citizens and we take this issue seriously, with a dedicated team working with the insurance provider,” the spokesperson said.
The City is also working with Melbourne Post Card Office to monitor the content of its posts.
But the spokesperson says the department has no plans to remove any postcards and is continuing to “monitor” the content on its social media channels.
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