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Australia Heartless scammers set up bogus fundraising page pretending to help family of father and son killed in bushfires

21:26  03 january  2020
21:26  03 january  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Ron Lea talking on a cell phone: Dairy farmer Patrick Salway, 29, and his father Robert, 63, died trying to defend their home from bushfires in Cobargo© Provided by Daily Mail Dairy farmer Patrick Salway, 29, and his father Robert, 63, died trying to defend their home from bushfires in Cobargo

A heartbroken family struggling to deal with the deaths of three family members has been targeted by scammers attempting to reap funds from their loss.

Dairy farmer Patrick Salway, 29, and his father Robert, 63, died trying to defend their home from bushfires in Cobargo in the south east of New South Wales on Tuesday.

Tragically, within 30 hours of their deaths, Robert's mother Edna Salway died peacefully.

a group of people posing for a photo: Patrick Salway (pictured with his wife Renee) was found by another family member after trying to tackle a bushfire attacking his family home© Provided by Daily Mail Patrick Salway (pictured with his wife Renee) was found by another family member after trying to tackle a bushfire attacking his family home

The Salway's were dealt another devastating blow when fraudsters tried to capitalise on their loved ones' deaths.

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  NSW bushfire victims' family gutted after online scammers set up fake fundraiser in their name Less than a day after father and son Robert and Patrick Salway died at Cobargo on the NSW South Coast, scammers set up an online fundraising campaign to solicit donations from members of the public. © Provided by ABC NEWS Robert and Patrick Salway were killed at Cobargo on New Year's Eve. (Supplied) Almost $4,000 was raised from nearly 60 people before the fundraiser was reported and shut down.Robert and Patrick died when a fireball hit their family home in Cobargo, on the NSW South Coast.

The fundraiser, started the day after the men died, raised almost $4,000 from nearly 60 people before it was reported and shut down.

Kellie-Ann Hancock, Patrick's sister, and her husband Dean Hancock learned about the scam from their niece, Megan, whose name had been used to begin the fake campaign.

Mr Hancock reported the scam to NSW Police and said those behind the fundraiser 'will be held to account'.

a ship on the street: The remains of burnt out buildings are seen along main street in Cobargo on December 31© Provided by Daily Mail The remains of burnt out buildings are seen along main street in Cobargo on December 31

'There will never be a GoFundMe Page issued by this family,' he said.

a group of people posing for the camera: Dean Hancock (right), Robert's son-in-law and Patrick's brother-in-law, shared the sad news to friends on Thursday© Provided by Daily Mail Dean Hancock (right), Robert's son-in-law and Patrick's brother-in-law, shared the sad news to friends on Thursday

The Ms Salway discovered the account after receiving unexpected messages from wellwishers before warning others over Facebook to be wary.

Tragic bushfire victims are exploited by sick scammers who set up a fake fundraising page and conned well-wishers out of almost $4,000

  Tragic bushfire victims are exploited by sick scammers who set up a fake fundraising page and conned well-wishers out of almost $4,000 Patrick Salway, 29, and his father Robert, 63, died trying to defend their home from bushfires in Cobargo in the south east of New South Wales. The fake fundraising campaign raised almost $4,000.Dairy farmer Patrick Salway, 29, and his father Robert, 63, died trying to defend their home from bushfires in Cobargo in the south east of New South Wales.

Her repugnant revelation sparked outrage among commentators, who offered their condolences on yet another misfortune.

'That is disgusting! How can someone be so heartless especially at a time like this! Deepest condolences to you & your family we are thinking of you and your family at this heartbreaking time,' one person wrote.

a screenshot of a person: The fraudulent campaign had almost reached the target goal set by the scammers before it was shut down© Provided by Daily Mail The fraudulent campaign had almost reached the target goal set by the scammers before it was shut down

Another said:' This is bloody awful! What scumbags would do this!'

On Thursday, Mr Hancock shared the sad news of his brother-in-law and father-in-law's passing with friends.

'We have been dealt the most horrific and devastating blow to our family, imaginable!!!' he wrote.

'Robert and Patrick were two of the most amazing and genuine pair of blokes that I have ever had the honour of meeting!'

a couple of people posing for the camera: Patrick Salway, 29, pictured with his pregnant wife Renee - died fighting the fires with his dad Robert Salway as they continued to ravage areas of NSW© Provided by Daily Mail Patrick Salway, 29, pictured with his pregnant wife Renee - died fighting the fires with his dad Robert Salway as they continued to ravage areas of NSW The remains of burnt out buildings are seen along main street in the New South Wales town of Cobargo on December 31, 2019© Provided by Daily Mail The remains of burnt out buildings are seen along main street in the New South Wales town of Cobargo on December 31, 2019

Mr Hancock told of their heroic actions before they were hit by a fireball in the moments before they were about to leave their property.

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'These two heroes, were hit by a fireball less than 10metres from the back door of Rob's house, so hard that Patrick was still seated on the four wheeler...On a 260 acre property that had less than 3 acres of bush land...,' he continued.

'They were in the final stages of preparing their property before leaving... Rob had been ripping his beloved paddocks up, to remove as much fuel in the path of the fire as he could.

'As a grass and turf farmer, this would have been his last ditch effort - his final card to play.

'Shortly before 5am, on Tuesday morning, they were gone - Rob in his tractor on one side of the fence, Pat on the bike, the other side - facing each other.

'We are so f**kin' heartbroken!!!

the roof of a building: A man walks through rubble after fires devastated the New South Wales town of Cobargo on December 31, 2019© Provided by Daily Mail A man walks through rubble after fires devastated the New South Wales town of Cobargo on December 31, 2019

'Today (Thursday), about 30 hours later, Rob's mother, Nanna Salway, passed away peacefully in Bega, without even knowing about her beloved son and grandson.

'Three generations in 30 hours.'

Pictures: Australia's Bushfire Emergency

Property damaged by the East Gippsland fires in Sarsfield, Victoria, Wednesday, January 1, 2019.

At Microsoft News Australia we've partnered with the giving platform Benevity to raise funds for Australian Red Cross, St Vincent De Paul Society and The Salvation Army; these organisations are helping communities across the country devastated by bushfires. You can help these organisations by donating here and for the latest news and RFS links visit Bushfire emergency.


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