More reports have come in to the SES regarding fake collections claiming to be for the assistance of emergency service volunteers and victims of the recent flooding in the Northern Rivers and Mid North Coast.
The areas being targeted, but not limited to, include the NSW Hunter Region and parts of the NSW Mid North and North Coast.
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.
The SES said that its volunteers do not collect money during operational periods.
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.
Police are advising that at this stage there are no flood appeals.
Anyone who has either donated money, or been approached to donate money, to what they believe could be a scam collection, contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.