Batemans Bay man scammed out of $25,000

Elderly man scammed

An elderly Batemans Bay resident has been scammed over $25,000 by an unknown crime entity.

The victim was contacted on Monday, August 14, by phone by a person claiming to represent a major telco company. The person asked the victim to help them break a fraud ring.

He was then asked to give remote access to his computer, which he did.

The caller proceeded to ask the victim to purchase store credit cards from local department and supermarket stores, claiming to have provided the victim with funds into his account.

What actually occurred was the caller had accessed the victim’s bank account and transferred funds from his own savings account to fund the purchases.

The offender/s were able to access the card numbers when purchased, thus scamming the man of $25,000 of his money. 

Police were alerted to the scam by a local department store, concerned about the man’s excessive purchases.

Police urge the public to be alert to scams, particularly by phone or email.

Beware of any requests for your details or money. Never send money or give credit card details, online account details or copies of personal documents to anyone you don’t know or trust. Don't agree to transfer money or goods for someone else: money laundering is a criminal offence.

Be wary of unusual payment requests. Scammers will often ask you to use an unusual payment method, including preloaded debit cards, gift cards, store cards or virtual currency such as Bitcoin.

More information to protect yourself can be found on the Scamwatch website:

Drink driving

At 2.24pm Monday 14 August 2017, Bega Highway Patrol police were conducting stationary breath testing duties on Tathra Road at Bega.

A Holden SUV was stopped and the 37 year old driver tested.

He was arrested after a positive reading and taken to Bega Police Station for a breath analysis.

He recorded a mid range reading and was issued a court attendance notice for Bega Local Court.

Bermagui break-in

Bermagui Police are investigating a break and enter into a residential property in Bunga Street, Bermagui.

The incident occurred sometime over the weekend of the 12 and 13 August 2017 with entry gained by forcing a rear window. No person/s were at home at the time.

Police will forensically examine the scene