Have you seen ‘Jessie’? Warning ‘cancer scammer’ is posing as a charity worker and knocking on doors asking for donations
- Kids With Cancer Foundation Australia alerted public about possible scammer
- Woman named Jessie accused of claiming to collect donations on its behalf
- Police launched investigation trying to track down the woman across Sydney
A woman named Jessie is knocking on doors claiming to be collecting donations on behalf of Kids With Cancer Foundation in the city’s west and south-west
A children’s cancer charity has issued an urgent warning about an alleged bogus collector door-knocking residents for donations across Sydney.
In January, officers from the Liverpool City Police Area Command commenced an investigation after the Kids With Cancer Foundation Australia alerted the public about the matter.
A woman named ‘Jessie’ was allegedly claiming to collect donations on behalf of the foundation in the city’s west and south-west.
A desperate hunt is now on to track down the woman with the public urged to keep an eye out.
‘We once again advise all our supporters to be aware of a woman stealing by promoting herself representing Kids with Cancer Foundation,’ the charity posted on social media.
‘She was door knocking in Merrylands this week and uses the name Jessie, she carries a made up photo ID with our logo.’
‘Don’t give her any money, we have never used door knockers, anywhere nor at any time.’
The charity added the woman was also spotted in Casula, Mount Pritchard and Pendle Hill.
A desperate hunt is now on to track down the woman with the public urged to keep an eye out
Kids With Cancer Foundation Australia alerted the public about the woman
She knocked on our door last week, Guildford west,’ one person said.
‘She was in Pendle Hill door knocking (on Tuesday) night,’ another wrote.
The foundation added the woman had been reported to police but investigations were hampered by a time lag from when they were notified.
The foundation has supported children with cancer for more than two decades by providing financial assistance to children’s hospitals which has funded ward refurbishment, salaries, capital works projects and research.
Foundation director Peter Bodman described the alleged fraud is ‘pretty low’.
‘It’s going into somebody’s pocket, so it’s not going to help the kids in any way, shape or form,’ he told 10NewsFirst.
In January 2021, officers from Liverpool City Police Area Command commenced an investigation after reports a woman had attended homes in Casula, collecting money.
The woman is described as of Caucasian appearance, aged in her 40s to 50s, 170cm tall, of slim build and with blonde hair.
The photo shows her wearing a black jacket, tights and shoes, carrying a black bag and wearing a name tag.
Liverpool City Police Area Command Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Tim Liddiard said all reports of fraud are thoroughly investigated especially when someone takes advantage of the community’s generosity.
Anyone with information is urged to contact local police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.