Scam fundraisers pop up following devastating Oatlands tragedy

NSW Police are warning people to be wary of donation scams, following the Oatlands tragedy over the weekend.

Four children were killed while walking along a street in Oatlands, near Parramatta, on Saturday night, when a drunk driver lost control of his vehicle and crashed into them.

29-year-old Samuel William Davidson has been charged with 20 offences related to the horror incident, and has been refused bail and will return to court on April 2.


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He was breath-tested following the incident and allegedly returned a reading of 0.150 – three times the legal limit.

Siblings Antony (13), Angelina (12) and Sienna Abdallah (9) were killed in the crash, along with their cousin Veronique Sakr (11).

Since the horror event, police warn that various fundraising pages have been started, and may be scamming people out of their donations to the families.

“Police have been made aware of several fundraising pages on various platforms which are seeking donations for the family impacted by the tragic events in Oatlands over the weekend.

“Police are reminding the public to be vigilant and always check the legitimacy of people asking for donations.

“Do not donate via fundraising pages on platforms that do not verify the legitimacy of the fundraiser or that do not guarantee your money will be returned if the page is determined to be fraudulent.

“If you think you have paid money to a scammer, please contact your bank and local police immediately, and report it to Scamwatch,” NSW Police post reads.