A warning has been issued to the public by both the police and Family and Community Services (FACS) after a Queanbeyan family was visited last week by two people claiming to be FACS caseworkers.
About 4 pm on Friday the 9th of February 2018, a man and a woman attended a home in Karabar, near Queanbeyan and spoke to a mother who was home with two babies.
Police were told the man and woman claimed to be FACS caseworkers and produced what appeared to be an identity card. They stated that they were there to check on the welfare of the children.
The mother stated the children were asleep and told the pair she could call them to return when they woke, however, the pair stated they would wait.
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A short time later the mother presented the children to the pair in the lounge room. After checking the children and their bedroom, the pair left the home.
The woman became suspicious of the visit and contacted Queanbeyan FACS who confirmed they had no record of the visit from any of their caseworkers and the matter was reported to police.
Investigators from Monaro Local Area Command have commenced inquiries into the incident and have released EFIT images of two people who they believe could assist with the investigation.
The man is described as being of Caucasian appearance and in his 30s. He had a slim build with a fair complexion, short dark hair and a prominent nose. He was last seen wearing a business shirt and trousers.
The woman was also described as being of Caucasian appearance and in her 20s, with a medium build and a tanned complexion. She had medium-length curly hair with a dyed streak and was last seen wearing an orange blazer with a dark-coloured skirt.
Monaro Local Area Command Crime Manager, Detective Chief Inspector Neil Grey, said while there have been no other reports of a similar incident, the visit is disturbing as the family has no known interaction with FACS or police.
“If in doubt of a government worker’s identity, members of the public should ask to see their identification. FACS have confirmed that all caseworkers in the Southern District carry photo ID with their name, job title and FACS logo and will always present this when visiting a family,” Detective Grey said.
“If still in doubt, contact the agency involved or contact police who will attend and verify their bona fides, said Detective Grey.
Inquiries are continuing.