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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Police hunt for fake cancer charity collector

Police are appealing for public assistance after reports of a woman fraudulently posing as a charity funds collector in Sydney’s west.

Police say that in January, officers from Liverpool City Police Area Command commenced an investigation after reports a woman had attended homes in Casula, telling residents she was collecting money for a children’s cancer foundation.

“The woman identified herself as ‘Jessie’, a representative of a children’s cancer foundation. Inquiries have since revealed the woman is not affiliated with the nominated charity organisation and may be operating in other suburbs in Sydney’s west,” NSW Police said in a statement.

Investigators have now released images of a woman who they believe may be able to assist with their inquiries.

The woman is described as being of Caucasian appearance, aged in her 40s to 50s, about 170cm (5ft6) tall, of slim build and with blonde hair.

She is shown wearing a black jacket, tights and shoes, carrying a black bag and wearing a name tag.

Liverpool City Police Area Command Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Tim Liddiard said all reports of fraud are thoroughly investigated “especially when someone takes advantage of the community’s generosity”.

Anyone who may have information that could assist investigators is urged to contact local police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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