Police charge 22-year-old woman & 19-year-old man for participating in fraud syndicate

23 June 2020 I Police have charged two Nepalese nationals for their involvement in an alleged international fraud syndicate that authorities claim operates off India.

The 22-year-old woman and 19-year-old man were arrested from the home of their alleged victim, a 85-year-old Western Sydney woman.

The pair were caught out by police detectives from the residence of the elderly woman at 4:30 pm yesterday, NSW Police Force said in a statement this morning.

They Nepalese nationals were refused bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court today.

Detectives from Cumberland Police Area Command had earlier commenced an investigation after receiving reports an 85-year-old woman had been asked to provide $3000 to a male courier. The man was then supposed to deposit the money into her a bank account.

The modus operandi of the alleged frauds appear to be to begin by informing the targeted victims that their bank accounts have been “compromised” due to which they would need to open a new account.

The group had first called the victim on 19 June advising her bank account had been “compromised” and that she would have to open a new account.

“She was instructed to provide $3,000 to a male courier, who came to her Telopea home, which would be deposited into the new account,” police said in a statement today. Even after the matter was reported to police, the syndicate contacted the western Sydney woman to advise she would be required to pay a further $5,000.

The pair were taken to Granville Police Station after being arrested at the Sydney address and “each charged with five counts of dishonestly obtain property by deception and three counts of knowingly deal with proceeds of crime”, police added.

According to police, detectives uncovered a sophisticated fraud syndicate operating out of India with Australian-based members collecting cash before electronically transferring the funds overseas.

Police say they have identified other victims of the criminal syndicate who received similar phone calls from people purporting to be from their banks. The alleged frauds requested the targeted victims to provide either cash or ‘compromised bank cards’ to a courier who would then transfer the funds overseas.

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