- Australian politician Gareth Ward has reportedly fallen victim to a scam
- The 37-year-old from NSW allegedly asked for a ‘special massage’ at a NY hotel
- But when two young men arrived on Tuesday, Mr Ward declined their services
- The men threatened to tell police they were minors unless he gave them $1,000
Australian politician Gareth Ward has reportedly fallen victim to a scam after requesting a ‘special massage’ while staying at a hotel in New York.
Mr Ward, who represents Kiama, south of Sydney, was staying at the Intercontinental Hotel near Broadway on Tuesday night when he allegedly made the call for the massage, according to NY Daily News.
But when the 37-year-old, who is legally blind, opened the door two young men were standing there waiting, sources told the publication.
After Mr Ward declined their services, the men began recording the politician on their mobile phone and told him one of the men was 16.
‘If you don’t pay us $1,000, we’re going to tell everyone we’re minors,’ the men said, according to NY Daily News.
Australian politician Gareth Ward (left) has reportedly fallen victim to a scam after requesting a ‘special massage’ while staying at a hotel in New York
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