Two people arrested over an international fraud syndicate that allegedly stole thousands of dollars from an elderly woman in western Sydney have faced a NSW court.
Police arrested a 22-year-old woman, Neha Giri, and a 19-year-old man, Aayush Bhattarai, outside a home in Telopea about 4.30pm on Monday.
The pair, both Nepalese nationals, were charged with five counts of dishonestly obtaining property by deception and three counts of knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime.
The 85-year-old woman allegedly received a call from someone purporting to be from her bank who said she needed to open a new account after hers had been compromised.
The woman was allegedly instructed to give $3000 to a courier, who came to her home, with the cash to be deposited into her new account.
After she did this and reported the matter to police, the woman received further calls from members of the syndicate, advising her she needed to provide a further $5000.
Police arrested the Nepalese pair on Monday when they arrived at her home to take the cash.
Detectives allegedly uncovered a fraud syndicate operating out of India with Australian-based members collecting cash before electronically transferring funds overseas.
Investigators also identified other victims who received similar phone calls.
Giri and Bhattarai on Tuesday both appeared before magistrate Robyn Denes at Parramatta Local Court where they did not apply for bail and it was formally refused.
They will next face court on August 20.