Coles voucher scam targets elderly in Drouin
Baw Baw News
By William PJ Kulich // 18:51, Tuesday 17 September 2013
BAW BAW Shire officers are warning of “pushy” men trying to sell fake Coles Express vouchers and demanding $1,000 donations from elderly people in Drouin.
Pictured: Coles Warragul. No, the vouchers won’t work there either.
A council spokesperson said in a Facebook post a report of three men attempting to sell the $30 voucher booklets had been made and asked residents to be alert to scams.
“The men do not have valid identification displayed, and it appears the voucher booklets may be invalid or have been modified,” the spokesperson said.
“These voucher booklets are only valid for Coles Express sites which we do not have in Warragul or Drouin.
“Furthermore the men are reported to be very pushy and causing certain elderly persons to feel overwhelmed and scared.
“The men are also demanding donations of up to $1,000.
“The matter has been referred to the police in Warragul to investigate.
“Please spread the word. Be aware of scammers.
“If you have a Nan or Pop living alone who isn’t on Facebook, please give them a call or drop in to see them to make them aware of this potential scam issue.”
For information about scams you can contact the Australian Government’s SCAMwatch website, www.scamwatch.gov.au.
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