Tamworth police issue warning after reports of woman selling fraudulent raffle tickets for Oxley Vale Anglican Church

POLICE have issued a warning for Tamworth locals to be vigilant after reports a woman has been door knocking homes selling fraudulent raffle tickets.

Tamworth police have now received two complaints from residents in Oxley Vale who were approached by a woman claiming to be representing a local church.

The victims told police she was selling raffle tickets on behalf of the church, but the church has confirmed there is no such fundraiser.

“Police are investigating reports of a woman selling fraudulent raffle tickets, falsely representing the Oxley Vale Anglican Church,” Oxley Inspector Matt French said.

“That female is described as middle aged with red hair and was seen in Fisher Rd, Oxley Vale about 10.30am on Wednesday, November 23.

“If anyone knows the identity of the woman or has been approached by her, we would urge them to contact Tamworth police on 6768 2999.”

Police were first alerted to fraud reports on Wednesday.

A second victim lodged a formal complaint with police on Thursday morning.

Inspector French said police believe there could be more victims.

“We expect there could be more people who might have been approached to buy tickets in Oxley Vale,” he said.

“Police would issue a word of warning to members of the community that if they are approached by people selling raffle tickets that they check for identification and accreditation, verify the fundraiser is legitimate with the organisation or simply make a donation directly to the organisation.

Inspector French said police would take swift action against anyone found to be falsely representing a charity.

“This is a word of warning for those who are selling fraudulent raffle tickets or falsely representing themselves, it is an offence and it can attract a term of imprisonment,” he said.

Police said the Office of Liquor, Gaming and Racing had guidelines for those intending to create raffles and fundraisers on its website at www.olgr.nsw.gov.au

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