Sutherland police charge man over alleged credit card scam that targeted the elderly

An 88-year-old Cronulla man was a victim of an alleged credit card scam that targeted elderly residents across Sydney.

The resident was allegedly duped into handing over his credit card, which was used to withdraw $1600 from a bank and make purchases of $2778 at a Miranda electronics shop.

Sutherland police arrested and charged a man, 20, this week.

"Officers will allege that, on Tuesday 3 December 2019, an 88-year-old man from a Cronulla address received a phone call from a woman claiming to be from a bank," a police statement said.

"As a result of that conversation, arrangements were made for the elderly man's credit card to be collected along with his PIN.

"Soon after, a 20-year-old man attended the Cronulla home and collected the credit card and PIN.

"The card was then used at a bank where $1600 was withdrawn, and again at an electronics store within a shopping complex at Miranda where a $2778 purchase was made.

"Following extensive inquiries by police from Sutherland Shire Police Area Command, a 20-year-old man was arrested at Sutherland Police Station yesterday (Thursday).

"He was charged with two counts of dishonestly obtain financial advantage etc by deception.

"He was given conditional bail and is due to appear in Sutherland Local Court on Thursday 9 July 2020."