Police charge man after investigations into scam targeting elderly

Police have charged a man following an investigation into an alleged phone and credit card scam targeting elderly residents across Sydney.

Officers will allege that, on Tuesday 3 December 2019, an 88-year-old man from a Cronulla address received a phone call from a woman claiming to be from a bank.

As a result of that conversation, arrangements were made for the elderly man’s credit card to be collected along with his PIN.

Soon after, a 20-year-old man attended the Cronulla home and collected the credit card and PIN.

The card was then used at a bank where $1600 was withdrawn, and again at an electronics store within a shopping complex at Miranda where a $2778 purchase was made.

Following extensive inquiries by police from Sutherland Shire Police Area Command, a 20-year-old man was arrested at Sutherland Police Station yesterday (Thursday 28 May 2020).

He was charged with two counts of dishonestly obtain financial advantage etc by deception.

He was given conditional bail and is due to appear in Sutherland Local Court on Thursday 9 July 2020.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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