Cherry time keeps sweet despite scam attempt

Blackwood Orchard shed manager Pauls Dunne with Megs the dog and Blackwood Orchard owner Suzanne Pickering, check out some of the new season's cherries. Photo: Eve Lamb

The unwelcome aftertaste of an online scam attempt has done little to diminish the sweet flavour of a bumper season for one of Harcourt’s popular local cherry and berry orchards.
Blackwood Orchard has been enjoying a top season following timely rain and is now looking forward to hosting a Pick Your Own Cherry Day this Sunday January 10.
But the taste of a good season may not have been so sweet if the local orchard had not been quick to pick up on an attempted scam by an unknown online entity in recent days.
Loyal customers helped alert Blackwood Orchard’s owners, Colin and Suzanne Pickering to foul play after an unknown culprit set up a copycat account named Blackwood-Orchard and attempted to elicit others’ bank account details by piggybacking off a recent legitimate competition the orchard had run to win a boxful of cherries. Read more in today’s Mail

Eve Lamb
Journalist and photographer Eve Lamb has a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) degree from Deakin University and a Master of Arts (Professional Writing) from Deakin University. She has worked for many regional newspapers including the Hamilton Spectator and the Warrnambool Standard, and has also worked for metro daily, The Hobart Mercury, and The Sunday Tasmanian. Eve has also contributed to various magazines including Australian Cyclist.