Police warn of fraudulent SMSs

COFFS HARBOUR police believe scam artists are trying to steal people’s personal details, sending fraudulent text messages saying they have won large amounts of money.

Mobile phone users have been warned not to reply to the bogus texts after a number of people across NSW have been caught out.

Coffs/Clarence crime manager Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay said the text messages told people they had won $550,000.

“To claim the money, people are pointed to go to a website and fill in a form with their personal information,” Insp Lindsay said

“Police believe this is an identity theft scam and the personal details of the people who respond will be used for fraud-related offences.

“We are urging people not to respond to these text messages.”

IN other news, a Coffs Harbour man who allegedly breached a court order was arrested after he was spotted by officers at the Moonee Beach shops.

Police say the 47-year-old was taken into custody about 6pm on Thursday.

He was wanted by police for allegedly breaching an apprehended violence order.

The man reappeared in the Coffs Harbour Local Court on the matter yesterday.

A WOMAN who returned a blood alcohol level slightly over the legal limit has been charged with drink-driving.

The 59-year-old Coffs Harbour local was stopped for a random breath test in Orlando Street on Thursday at 9.15pm.

Police said she failed a roadside breath test and was taken to the police station where she returned a low-range reading of 0.051.

The incident serves as a reminder for people to count their drinks and allow appropriate time before getting behind the wheel.

Police have warned motorists they will be targeting drink-drivers through random breath testing in Coffs Harbour this weekend.

TWO pushbikes have been recovered at Toormina and the owners of lost or stolen bicycles have been urged to come forward.

The bikes were found dumped in a stormwater drain canal at Centro Toormina.

If you believe you are the owner and can provide an accurate description, contact Sawtell police on 6653 1205.



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