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Man charged with defrauding elderly woman of $15,000

Geelong woman defrauded
  
   

27-Year-Old Charged with Defrauding 92-Year-Old Woman of $15,000 in Elaborate Bank Scam

A 27-year-old man has been charged by detectives from the Geelong Crime Investigation Unit for allegedly defrauding a 92-year-old woman in East Geelong of over $15,000.

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According to police, the incident occurred on Tuesday, April 30 when the man called the woman and claimed to be an employee of an Australian bank. He then requested her PIN and bank card, which he collected from her letterbox after allegedly visiting her residence.

It is alleged that the man used the bank card at a shopping centre in Corio and multiple finance institutions in Melbourne, transferring a total of $15,000 to offshore accounts. On Thursday, June 13, police executed a search warrant at the man’s Truganina address and seized stolen goods worth over $17,000, including 10 bank cards belonging to potential victims, $3,750 in cash, and five smartphones and six smartphone vouchers valued at $13,000.

The man was arrested and charged with up to 15 dishonesty-related offences, including obtaining property by deception and dealing with proceeds of crime. He was bailed to appear at Werribee Magistrates’ Court on November 14, 2024.

Detective Senior Sergeant Mark Guthrie from the Geelong Crime Investigation Unit stated, “Preying on the most vulnerable among us is a particularly heartless crime, and we remain steadfast in our commitment to pursuing anyone involved in financial fraud.” He also encouraged anyone who has been a victim of fraud to speak to the police.

Police are currently conducting further investigations to identify any additional victims related to this case. Anyone with information on fraudulent activity is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

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