Senior police are warning members of the public to be aware of people claiming to be collecting money to assist the victims of the recent North Coast floods.
The warning follows a call taken at the Public Information and Inquiry Centre (PIIC) yesterday from a concerned member of the public who gave her credit card details to a man who phoned pretending to be collecting for flood victims.
Deputy Commissioner David Owens said the telephone operator at the PIIC wasn’t able to obtain the victim’s details before she terminated the call.
“We want to make it as clear as possible there are no flood appeals running at the moment,” he said.
“It’s unfortunate that there are a small number of people who prey on the goodwill of members of the public during emergencies.
“They are bogus, they are fake and they should be reported.
“At no time should anyone provide their credit card details over the phone to anyone claiming to be collecting for flood victims.
“I also ask that the woman who called the Public Information and Inquiry Centre yesterday to contact Crime Stoppers and report the details of the call.”
Police are advising if anyone is asked to donate money, they should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
The SES said that in one incident, a woman gave her credit card details to a man pretending to be collecting for flood victims. A second incident involved two men in an unmarked vehicle claiming to be door-knocking on behalf of SES volunteers.
“SES volunteers do not collect money during operational periods,” the SES said.
“SES volunteers are easily identified. All members of the SES carry identification cards and wear SES uniform. This uniform will be either the SES orange overalls with badging or the dress uniform in gun-metal blue bearing the waratah emblem.
“The SES advises that donations to the service should be made directly to your local SES unit to ensure the greatest benefit to your local volunteers. Any donation should be made outside the current operational period.”