World Fake inspectors visit babies in Australia

03:51  14 february  2018
03:51  14 february  2018 Source:   BBC News

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Fake child protection workers went to a mother’s home in New South Wales, Australia , and inspected her two babies , police say. Detective Chief Inspector Neil Grey said that while police have not received reports of similar incidents, the visit was “disturbing.”

Fake child protection workers went to a mother’s home in New South Wales, Australia , and inspected her two babies , police say. Detective Chief Inspector Neil Grey said that while police have not received reports of similar incidents, the visit was “disturbing.”

A generic image of a baby clenching its fist: The impostors demanded to see the babies at a woman's house near Canberra © Getty Images The impostors demanded to see the babies at a woman's house near Canberra

Australian police are investigating a "disturbing" case where two people posing as child welfare officers entered a woman's home and inspected her babies.

The impostors, a man and a woman, presented fake identification and told the mother they were conducting a welfare check, authorities said.

The woman later contacted authorities, who confirmed the visit was suspicious.

New South Wales authorities have issued a warning to the public.

The family had not had dealings with welfare authorities or police before the incident in Queanbeyan, near Canberra, last Friday, New South Wales Police said.

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Australia . Australian police are investigating a "disturbing" case where two people posing as child welfare officers entered a woman's home and inspected her babies . Welfare authorities confirmed that no visit had been scheduled, and reported the incident to police.

Inspected two babies and their bedroom. NSW police have warned young families to be vigilant after reports of ' fake ' child protection workers visiting a home in Karabar.

After arriving at the house, the impostors presented what appeared to be an identity card for the state Family and Community Services.

The mother told them her two infant children were asleep, and asked if they could return at another time. The pair said they would wait.

They later inspected the children and their bedroom, before leaving the home.

Welfare authorities confirmed that no visit had been scheduled, and reported the incident to police.

Chief Insp Neil Grey urged the public to vigilant, despite no reports of similar incidents in the area.

He said all welfare caseworkers carried photo identification showing their name, job title and an agency logo.

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