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Phone scammers at work in SA

SAPOL

 

Scammers making aggressive phone calls threatening the recipient with arrest unless they make a payment are continuing to plague South Australian residents, police warn.

The callers often claim to either work for the Australian Taxation Office or the Office of the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.

SA Police have issued a number of warnings this year about the scam callers, who are a perennial problem around the end of the financial year.

Often the scammer claims the would-be victim owes several thousand dollars and they demand immediate payment (via an international money transfer service) or an arrest warrant will be enforced.

Police are urging the community to discuss this would-be con with anyone in their family or community who may not be aware of this to ensure they don’t get taken in.

More information about this ‘tax time scam’ can be found here: https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/news/don%E2%80%99t-let-scammers-%E2%80%98tax-you-this-tax-time

Anyone who incurs a financial loss from a scam should report it to police. For more information about scams, how they work, how to report them and how to get help please visit ScamWatch.


Police return to Karoonda Highway search area

 

SAPOL

Detectives have returned to the Karoonda Highway today following yesterday’s discovery of human remains. Late on Wednesday morning, police were contacted by a motorist who discovered human bones just off the highway, about 2 km west of Wynarka in the Murray Mallee region.

Police have established the bones are the skeletal remains of a child.  Initial examinations of the remains have determined they are those of a child aged between 2 and 7 years.  The gender is not known at this stage.

The remains have been transported to Adelaide where a post-mortem will be conducted this afternoon.

Forensic examination of the scene is being conducted.  SES volunteers are assisting with a search of the area along the highway today.  The police drone is also being utilised to search from overhead.

Detectives believe the body and suitcase were dumped at the roadside location some time in the last four to six weeks.

 

The scene

As part of the investigation, detectives are checking National Missing Persons registers.  There are no current missing persons from South Australia that match this description.

Detective Superintendant Dec Bray said two women saw a 60 year old man carrying a suitcase and walking through Wynarka about 6 – 8 weeks ago. He was average height, of light build and had a neat appearance. Police urge the man to come forward or any one else with further information.

Police say that the case was obviously moved from its original position to out in the open where it was found and had been opened. If any one was involved in this, the police urge them to come forward to help with their inquiries.

The investigation is ongoing and police urge anyone who was int he area over the past 6-8 weeks ago to come forward as any and all information could help them with their inquiries.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

SES

 

Source: SAPOL

 


Police issue alert about ‘PayPal’ scam

SAPOL

Police in the Limestone Coast Local Service Area have become aware of an email circulating in the community that purports to be the digital payment company PayPal but is, in fact, a scam.

The email shows a false payment made to PayPal, with a link to dispute the payment, however this is generally a ‘phishing scam’.

‘Phishing’ refers to emails that trick people into giving out their personal and banking information. These messages seem to come from legitimate businesses, normally banks or other financial institutions or telecommunications providers.

But the scammers are generally trying to get information like your bank account numbers, passwords and credit card numbers, which they will then use to steal your money.

PalPay’s website provides information about identifying hoax websites and phishing emails: https://www.paypal.com/au/webapps/mpp/phishing as well as providing advice about security when buying or selling online.

Remember:

  • Never follow a link in an email – access PayPal by typing www.paypal.com.au into your browser.
  • When accessing PayPal check for the security icon (padlock) at bottom right of your browser and make sure it is “locked”.
  • Forward suspect emails to PayPal and they will confirm whether it is genuine or a scam.
  • After forwarding the email, delete it.

You can report a scam to SCAMwatch (the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission) online: https://www.scamwatch.gov.au/content/index.phtml/tag/reportascam/

If you have been the victim of cybercrime the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN – www.acorn.gov.au) is a secure reporting and referral service for online incidents which may be in breach of Australian law.

Source: SAPOL