A man has turned himself in after an elaborate delivery scam that is said to have fleeced more than a dozen Victorians.
Between December 11 and January 21, victims were attacked by a man who showed up at stores and allegedly claimed he had a delivery to make.
However, the man then demanded payment as a condition of handing over the items.
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After telling the alleged victims that he had to collect the goods, the man allegedly left and did not return.
On Thursday, police said a 57-year-old man presented himself at the Sunshine Police Station and was charged with 22 counts of obtaining property by deception and two counts of attempting to obtain property by deception.
Businesses targeted by the alleged fraud include a bakery in Flemington, a bottle shop in Sydenham, a café in Thornbury, a fish and chip shop in Portarlington and an ice cream parlor in Dromana.
Incidents also occurred in St Albans, Sydenham, Prahran, Werribee, Gisborne, Pakenham, South Morang, Briar Hill and Seymour.
It was also reported that the man allegedly sold goods at bargain prices before leaving with cash and handing nothing over.
The 57-year-old was remanded in custody to appear in Sunshine Magistrates’ Court on March 20.
https://7news.com.au/news/crime-melbourne/alleged-delivery-scammer-charged-after-victorians-fleeced-in-flemington-portarlington-werribee-c-9912837 Alleged delivery scammer charged after fleeced Victorians in Flemington, Portarlington, Werribee.