Scammers target WA flood victims with fake Facebook page

In one instance, an Instagram account posing as a legitimate registered charity in Fitzroy Crossing prompted donors to purchase Amazon e-gift cards.

Residents of the city of Derby are frustrated with supply shortages after flood damage isolated the city.

Shire President Geoff Haerawa said the city has received dozens of pallets of groceries and essentials and is working to get the produce onto shelves.

“The shelves in our main supermarket here were empty,” he told ABC.

“I’ve spoken to the manager, I’ve spoken to management and they are doing their best to get the product on the shelves.

“There’s always a bottleneck somewhere and that’s because the road is dead and we have to rely on barges and an airlift coming across from Broome and other areas.”

About 150 evacuees – some from remote communities – were brought to Derby, prompting the introduction of temporary alcohol restrictions that have angered some locals.

The state government has outlined plans to rebuild the collapsed Fitzroy Crossing bridge after floods destroyed 38 homes and damaged dozens more.

A barge system will be implemented to allow traffic while a low level flood bridge is built over the next four months.

AAP Scammers target WA flood victims with fake Facebook page

Callan Tansill

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