(SYDNEY) SCAM ALERT: NSW Police Report: Officers are appealing for public assistance as they investigate card skimming-related thefts across the Sydney CBD, North Sydney and Darlinghurst #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.31: Last month, officers from South Sydney Police Area Command commenced an investigation after receiving multiple reports of fraudulent credit card activity following the use of ATMs across Sydney:

NSW Police Report: ‘Investigation into credit card fraud following suspected ATM skimming following suspected fraudulent transactions’

Wednesday, 31 March 2021 11:04:32 AM:

During the investigations, detectives were alerted to the following suspected fraudulent transactions:

  • About 6.10pm on Sunday 7 February 2021, $3000 cash was withdrawn from a 58-year-old man’s bank account without his consent from an ATM in the Sydney CBD. A short time later, a further $2500 was withdrawn from the same man’s bank account from an ATM in North Sydney.
  • About 9.30am on Monday 8 February 2021, $2000 was withdrawn from a 77-year-old woman’s account with her consent from an ATM in Darlinghurst.

Investigations identified that the man and woman had both used an ATM at a shopping centre on Danks Street, Waterloo, in early February. 

It is believed their credit card information was fraudulently acquired from the ATM through a skimming device.

As inquiries continue, police have released a CCTV image and are appealing for public assistance to identify a man who may be able to assist with their ongoing investigations. 

The man depicted is described as being aged in his 30s, with a slim build and dark hair. He is depicted wearing a face mask and a bike helmet.

As inquiries continue, police are appealing for anyone who may have any information about suspicious activity in the area at the time, to call South Sydney Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Anyone who believes their card has been skimmed is urged to report the matter to the police for investigation.

Additional tips:

  • Be aware of multiple EFTPOS terminals and if you can tap to pay, tap.
  • Only allow your card to be swiped once.
  • Don’t let your card out of your sight and never let anyone see your PIN.
  • Take notice of the terminal the driver is using to process your transaction and ensure it looks legitimate.
  • Regularly check your statements and report any irregularities to your financial institution immediately.
  • Report all suspected cases of card skimming to the police for further investigation.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Mar.31: 2021:

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#AceNewsServices – AUSTRALIA – October 27 – Australian doctors have successfully transplanted hearts that have stopped beating, revolutionizing organ donation. The breakthrough is predicted to save the lives of 30 percent more heart transplant patients.

'​‘Dead hearts’ transplanted into living patients in surgical breakthrough '

‘​‘Dead hearts’ transplanted into living patients in surgical breakthrough ‘

After two decades of research, a team of surgeons at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney has transplanted three still hearts into living patients. The first two patients are recovering well, with the third, who recently underwent the surgery, still in intensive care.

Michelle Gribilas, a 57-year-old Sydney woman, was the first to undergo the surgery two months ago. She had been suffering from congenital heart failure.

“I was very sick before I had it. Now I’m a different person altogether. I feel like I’m 40 years old. I’m very lucky,” she was quoted as saying in AFP.

In collaboration with researchers at the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, the team at St. Vincent’s developed the technique which allows for the resuscitation and transplant of hearts that have stopped beating up to 20 minutes earlier.

The procedure involves transferring the still heart from the recently-deceased donor into a ‘heart in a box’, a portable console in which the heart is preserved and resuscitated before being transplanted into the living patient.

“[W]e remove blood from the donor to prime the machine and then we take the heart out, connect it to the machine, warm it up and then it starts to beat,” Peter MacDonald, a medical director at St. Vincent’s, was quoted describing the technique in the Guardian.

The hearts were stored in the console for about four hours in order to make sure that they were functioning well.

“Based on the performance of the heart on the machine, we can then tell quite reliably whether this heart will work if we then go and transplant it,” said MacDonald.

Until now, surgeons relied exclusively on still-beating hearts from brain-dead donors. This meant that there was no way of knowing whether the heart would continue beating once transplanted into the recipient.

Doctors expect that the groundbreaking procedure will lead to a major increase in the number of hearts available for transplant.

“This breakthrough represents a major inroad to reducing the shortage of donor organs,” said MacDonald.



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Malaysian Airlines MH17: ' Australia Mourns Loss of 298 Persons and 27 Were Nationals '

#AceWorldNews – SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, July 23 (CNA) .- In the wake of the crash of flight MH17 over Ukraine, Australians have been mourning the loss of the 298 persons aboard the flight, particularly their 27 nationals, one of whom was a religious sister.

​Sister Philomene Tiernan was an Australian member of the Religious Sisters of the Sacred Heart, and a teacher and boarding director at Kincoppal-Rose Bay School of the Sacred Heart, a girls’ boarding school located in a Sydney suburb.

​“We are devastated by the loss of such a wonderfully kind, wise, and compassionate woman, who was greatly loved by us all,” Hilary Johnston-Croke, principal of Kincoppal-Rose Bay School of the Sacred Heart, told CNA July 23.

She “contributed greatly to our community and she touched the lives of all of us in a very positive and meaningful way,” Johnston-Croke recounted.

Sr. Philomene, who died at the age of 77, had provided pastoral care to students both on campus and outside the school.

“We will continue to honor her wonderful legacy of love and care, of deeply influencing and touching so many of our lives and the lives of many over her long years of service,” Johnston-Croke said. “She truly lived the Cor Unum spirit.”

​Kincoppal-Rose Bay, which also has a co-ed primary school, has opened counselling to its students, who have been deeply affected by this tragic loss of Sr. Philomene and the other passengers on the flight.

“Sr. Tiernan was a great soul, a supportive spiritual guide, and a friend to the students who especially felt lonely being away from home, coming from Asia-Pacific, Europe and America,” Rebecca Curran, communications manager at Kincoppal-Rose Bay, remarked to CNA.

Sr. Philomene was returning to Australia after attending a conference in Britain, a theology course in Ireland, and a retreat in France.


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` Australian Warship Patrolling Indian Ocean Seizes Heroin Worth $268 Million a Major Source of Terrorist Funding’

#AceNewsServices – DARWIN – April 25 – An Australian warship patrolling the Indian Ocean has seized more than a ton of heroin worth A$289 million ($268 million), Reuters said Friday.

The frigate, HMAS Darwin, intercepted a dhow on Wednesday night 27 nautical miles east off Kenya’s port city of Mombasa and confiscated 1,023 kilograms of heroin in 46 sacks hidden in bags of cement.

The drugs were destroyed, Australia’s Defence Department said.

“This is a major heroin seizure, which has removed a major source of funding from terrorist criminal networks,” according to Terry Morrison, HMAS Darwin’s Commanding Officer.

For deputy boarding officer Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Kieran Davis, 35, from Rozelle in Sydney, and his team, that has meant a particularly busy and fruitful tour of duty.

Counter-piracy or counter-narcotics missions are potentially very dangerous, highly complex and can take in excess of 12 hours to complete.

For Chief Davis, who has been on most of the boardings, each mission presents its own special challenges.
His job is to liaise with the crew of the wooden fishing dhow (who are mostly friendly to begin with), secure the vessel and perform the initial checks. If he believes there is something suspicious going on he seeks permission from HMAS Melbourne to conduct an “intrusive’’ search.

”The key indicator is whether or not the boat smells of fish. If it does not smell and its nets are unused then it is suspect,’’ he said.

“If there is fish in the hold and the crew are obviously fishermen then it is usually okay.’’

The navy frigate HMAS Melbourne has conducted more than 80 boarding operations during her five-month tour of duty in the Arabian Gulf and in the Indian Ocean off East Africa.

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` Australia Blacklists 12 Russian’s and Ukrainians stating it would not be Published ‘

#AceWorldNews – Sydney – March 19. – Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop announced on Wednesday Australia had imposed targeted financial sanctions and a ban for entrance to Australia for people who are playing the key role in determining Russian policy that threatens sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

These actions confirm Australia’s clear and unambiguous support for Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, said Bishop.

The black list would not be published, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs told Itar-Tass.

The names will be announced once the 2011 law on sanctions is amended. This was done to prevent the risk of capital withdrawal from Australia, said the Department’s spokesperson.


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“Asylum Seekers Towed on Boat to Indonesia Accuse Australia’s Navy of Abuse’

#AceWorldNews says `Asylum seekers towed on boat to Indonesia accuse Australia Navy of Abuse’

Asylum seekers on the roof of Villawood Immigr...

Asylum seekers on the roof of Villawood Immigration Detention Centre, Sydney (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Forty-five asylum seekers who slid ashore on a small island off the Australian city of Darwin on New Year’s day were forced by Australian military personnel back onto their wooden boat and towed out to sea, Reuters said.

Five asylum seekers from Africa and the Middle East said in interviews the journey to Indonesia was marked by physical and verbal abuse, and the passengers were reportedly denied proper access to food, water and medical treatment. Australian Immigration and Border Protection Minister Scott Morrison said he did not give “credibility to malicious and unfounded slurs.”

The Navy and Customs and Border Protection Service “act in accordance with their training and lawful orders and would only use force where necessary,” the minister said.


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