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Charged over scamming elderly

A MAN from Greenacre has been charged after allegedly scamming elderly residents.

In September 2023, Campsie detectives were alerted by South Australian Police, that internet scams targeting elderly people using fraudulent accounts had allegedly been opened in the Campsie area.
Last Wednesday about 7am, police raided a home in Wilbur Street, Greenacre, and arrested a 44-year-old man, charging him with knowingly deal with proceeds of crime intent to conceal.
Detective Superintendent Gordon Arbinja, Commander of the State Crime Command’s Financial Crimes Squad, said this arrest should remind the public to remain vigilant when it came to online and phone scammers.
“Don’t be pressured into making quick decisions over the phone. Talk to a family member or friend if you are concerned about requests,” Det Supt Arbinja said.
“Double check the identity of the person calling and the organisation they represent and say I will call you back. If in doubt, hang up the phone.”
Det Supt Arbinja warned residents to be cautious when sharing any personal information over the phone or online.
“Read any contract or service paperwork carefully before paying for any work,” he said.
“Avoid accessing emails from senders you don’t know or trust and beware of ‘cold calls’ and confirm who you are talking to.
“Always contact your bank, financial institution or service provider if you think you have been contacted by a scammer.”