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Police patrol Tax swindle

Cheque book fraud

AN elderly woman was swindled out of her $50,000 savings by a conman claiming to be from the Australian Taxation Office. The Dingley Village woman, 80, was told she owed the money in back taxes and that if she did not pay up immediately she would be taken to court and lose her home. In fear, the woman followed the man’s instructions and withdrew $50,000 from various locations and transferred the money via Western Union. The incident occurred in September but was not reported to Kingston CIU until last week. The ATO reminds people – especially the elderly – that its tax agents never call people over the phone to demand money. Anyone who does so is bogus. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

Dog walker robbed

Support team: Christine Rose and Frank Field are served by chef Tony Lyne at Chelsea. Picture: Yanni

Breakfast’s up at church A HOT, three-course breakfast is making a difference to the lives of people in need every Wednesday thanks to the tireless volunteers at Chelsea Community Church of Christ Hall, 5 Blantyre Avenue Chelsea. The freshly cooked meals provide nutrition for people struggling to make ends meet, as well as the friendly, supportive company of the volunteers.

Pastor Judi Turnham said everyone is welcome to come for a feed, including businesses people who could start the morning with a free, hot breakfast and hire one of the rooms for afterwards . Pastor Turnham said donations are always welcome to help continue the service.

A CARRUM woman walking her dog near the water sports centre, Bangholme, on Sunday, returned to find her car’s passenger side window smashed and her handbag and purse stolen. It had contained a quantity of cash, driver’s licence, credit card and pension card. When the woman, 71, called her bank to cancel the credit card she was told it had already been used at an Edithvale supermarket and $1000 had been withdrawn from her account. Chelsea police are investigating. Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

A MAN who lost his cheque book in Mentone last week later found it had fraudulently been used to withdraw almost $1000 from his account. The Highett man, 67, told police he was unsure whether the chequebook was lost or stolen from his car. However, on Wednesday 23 November, a cheque for $425 was cashed at the Frankston branch of the Westpac bank, and next day a cheque for $560 was cashed at the bank’s Mentone branch. A man and a woman then attempted to use the cheque book to withdraw a further $495 at the bank’s Hoppers Crossing branch. When challenged by staff because the signatures did not match, the couple walked out of the branch and the manager notified the victim. Call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 with any information.

Indecent exposure FOUR young girls playing on the foreshore at Bonbeach ran off in fright when a man jogged past exposing himself, Saturday 26 November. The girls aged 11 and 12 were wading in the water when the man passed them heading south towards the Patterson river, then turned at the rocks and approached them without his pants on. They ran to one of the girl’s grandmothers who lives nearby and reported the incident. The man is described as middleaged, with a solid build and wearing a blue cap and grey singlet.

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