Parkes woman, 79, latest victim of phone scam attempt

Police are once again appealing to the community not to get caught out by phone scams.

A 79-year-old Parkes woman is the latest victim of a brazen attempt to con money over the phone.

She received a call at 9.30am on Wednesday from a man claiming to be a member of the criminal investigation section of the Australian Taxation Office. 

He told the women she owed a large sum of money, and if the debt was not settled immediately she would be arrested. 

The man convinced her to go to Woolworths and purchase a number of gift cards worth several thousand dollars.

A Woolworths staff member became suspicious of the transaction and after questioning the woman, realised she was being scammed and advised her to go straight to the police station.

Fortunately she did not purchase the gift cards and reported the incident to police.

Sergeant Adrian Matthews said this tax scam is quite common. 

“The Australian Taxation Office will not demand money over the phone,” he said.

“Correspondence will always come in the form of a letter initially, which will offer some sort of payment plan and the right of appeal.

“If you receive one of these phone calls, please speak to a family member or a friend before you agree to anything and always report it to the police.” 

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Police are viewing CCTV footage of a shoplifting offence at Target on Wednesday. 

At 2.30pm a female pushing a pram with a blanket over it entered the store followed closely by a male.

The female is described as aboriginal, about 40 years of age and 167cm tall. 

The male is described as aboriginal, around 20 years of age, tall with a thin build. 

The pair made their way around the store selecting various items of baby clothing and placing them on top of the pram.

While they were in one of the aisles, the female placed the items inside the pram under the blanket and walked towards the exit. 

When she reached the door a staff member asked her to stop, but she refused and left the store. 

Investigations are continuing.

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Two men who altered prices on a number of items at a local supermarket at 5.30pm last Friday have been identified through CCTV footage. 

One has been spoken to by police and investigations are continuing. 

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Police were called to the intersection of Farrer and Rose Streets at 4am on Saturday after reports of a large group of people making excessive noise and smashing bottles. 

The crowd of around 30 people, who had been to a nearby party, was dispersed by police without incident. 

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A vehicle was maliciously damaged between 12pm and 7pm on Saturday.

The car was ‘keyed’ at either the Parkes Golf Club, Goobang Crescent or Field Road. 

The owner is from out of town and only noticed the damage after 7pm.

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One sheep had to be destroyed and seven were badly injured after they were attacked by dogs on Sunday.

Property owners witnessed two dogs attacking their stock at 11am and called police.

Further investigations are being carried out by council rangers.