Women charged with deception, South Australia

Two women, aged 67 and 72, have been arrested and charged with deception offences, after they are alleged to have scammed an elderly woman in relation to a significant sum of money.

The accused, who were arrested at a Goolwa South address on Friday (1 February), have been granted bail with strict conditions and are expected to appear in the Victor Harbor Magistrates Court on 1 April.

Each has been jointly charged with three counts of deception and two of attempted deception.

The police investigation into the matter is ongoing.

Police will allege the women had been defrauding the 79-year-old victim over a number of years, claiming to provide accountancy and other services while taking unauthorised sums of money from her.

Inspector Gus Sickerdick, from the Hills Fleurieu Local Service Area, said it would be alleged police had detected this offending while following up on intelligence and had prevented a further loan being taken out in the victim’s name.

“We urge the community to bear in mind some important tips in order to prevent crimes of this nature – which can have a terrible impact on honest, trusting members of our community,” he said.

“It is important that the public should always get independent advice if an offer involves significant money, time or commitment.

“Despite what people may think, scammers can be a diverse group of people who will potentially use a wide range of ways to contact people and take their money.

“Please consider getting a second opinion in relation to any financial dealings and don’t hesitate to contact both your bank and police if you believe you have been scammed.”

For more information about scams please visit the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Scamwatch website – https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/

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