Woman charged over ‘sob story’ fraud, NSW

A woman has been charged with fraud offences after allegedly using made up stories to convince members of the public to give her money, NSW Police say.

Officers from North West Metropolitan Region’s Operation Countdown recently launched an investigation after becoming aware of the instances occurring in Sydney’s west.

The incidents involved a woman approaching strangers in car parks across Nepean, Mt Druitt and The Hills Police Area Commands, claiming that her mother is sick in Newcastle Hospital and that she needed money for petrol and hospital parking.

Following inquiries, about 11.30am yesterday (Wednesday 21 November 2018), a 49-year-old woman was arrested at Penrith Police Station.

She was charged with dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception and granted conditional bail to appear at Penrith Local Court on Tuesday 18 December 2018.

Inquiries into the incidents continue, and further charges are likely.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers.

/Public Release. The material in this public release comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here.