Woman Receives Good Conduct Bond After Being Victim Of Scammer | Bendigo Advertiser

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An online con artist used the bank details and personal information of a Bendigo woman to steal thousands of dollars from unsuspecting victims, a court has heard. The 49-year-old gave the details to the scammer, believing he would send her money after pretending to be in love with her. The scammer then claimed to sell the items online, telling the victims to transfer the payment to the woman’s account before sending the money back to themselves. Read more Court: Offender admits changing medical prescription from 10 Endone pills to 100 Following the offense, the woman was charged with three counts of negligence in dealing with the proceeds of crime . She appeared in Bendigo Magistrates’ Court on Monday, where she pleaded guilty. The court heard that the 49-year-old started talking to the scammer in 2019 after connecting with the person on an online dating service. The couple never met in person, but instead spoke through the service’s chat site for around 12 months. During their conversations, the man said he would send her money, so the 49-year-old handed over her bank details, date of birth and CVV number found on the back of a credit card. . On July 31, 2019, the first unsuspecting victim saw an advertisement for a horse chariot. After accepting a prize, the scammer handed over the 49-year-old’s bank details for payment. The victim transferred $ 1900 to the bank account but never received the horse chariot. A similar situation occurred twice in August and November of the same year. An additional $ 9,385 was transferred to the woman’s bank account by the two unsuspecting victims. The court heard that the 49-year-old transferred the money to the scammer’s account after he told him he needed the money to leave Poland. The woman was questioned at the Bendigo police station on December 18 last year. She told officers she was not aware of the scammer’s offense until police contacted her. Read more Court: No conviction for a woman who drove in a stolen car The woman admitted to never having seen the man in person although she had handed over her bank details and personal information. The court heard records showing the woman also sent money to places like Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates between 2012 and 2016. Defense lawyer Eleanor Miller told the court the woman did not had not taken advantage of the offense and was a victim herself. Ms Miller said the woman had previously been the victim of another romance scam. Defense attorney said the woman had significant mental health issues and was therefore in receipt of a disability pension. Ms Miller argued that even though it was not the woman’s first appearance in court, a bond of good conduct was still within reach for the offender. Magistrate Russell Kelly said the alarm bells should have sounded when the man asked the woman for her bank details, especially given her background. “You have been used as a mule to funnel money from poor, unsuspecting victims,” Kelly said. Mr Kelly said he would give the woman a two-year conduct bond without a conviction, but pleaded with the woman to be more careful. “This is your last chance,” he said. “You have to focus on yourself. Unless they’re in front of you, don’t give them your contact details and bank account. “There are a lot of good people in Bendigo. Look for connections around you, but you must be able to look them in the eye. “Our reporters work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content:


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