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Fourth arrest made in online bikie scam

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A FOURTH person has been arrested in Queensland in relation to a $1.4 million online investment fraud with links to bikies.

A 30-year-old Gold Coast man handed himself into the Criminal Economy Unit, which forms part of Queensland police's anti-bikie Taskforce Maxima.

Last week, alleged Black Uhlans member Tyrone de Luca was also arrested, and police are yet to speak to another 33-year-old man they suspect is involved and linked to the Bandidos gang.

The men allegedly helped clone the website of a real WA investment company, M6 Treasury, and operate a cold call centre that encouraged people to invest their superannuation savings in their fake company.

Legitimate call centre workers were unaware their employer was fraudulent, police said.

"It will be alleged the 30-year-old man was instrumental in engaging the services of the two alleged CMG (criminal motorcycle gang) participants into this scheme," Detective Inspector Phillip Stevens said.

"The arrest of the man is by no means the end of these investigations. It merely forms part of a great investigative strategy."

Police said more arrests were likely to follow.