SW credit card scams likely organised: police

South Western Times
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Bunbury Police and the Bunbury-Geographe Chamber of Commerce and Industry are warning retailers to be on high alert over potential credit card fraud in the South West ahead of the Christmas period.

On Tuesday, the Chamber emailed all its members a red alert warning of credit card fraud from Bunbury Police.

The warning urged retailers to refuse all manual transactions of credit cards and report any suspicious activity to Police.

Bunbury Senior Sergeant Mal Jones said police were aware of a known scam, believed to be organised, that had been operating in the South West and the Perth metropolitan area over the past two months.

“Groups attending all sort of stores — they have been to service stations, electrical stores, department stores and all sorts of news agencies — they use stolen credit card details and manually enter those details into the EFTPOS machines,” he said.

“What we are asking is that retailers do not accept manually entered credit card details as, on some occasions at least, some of these credit card details have been stolen by some means and it is not the rightful owners that are using them.”

Sr Sgt Jones said local police had some success in apprehending offenders.

“One 17-year-old male from the Perth metropolitan area was arrested in Busselton for this fraud,” he said.

“Bunbury have had some successes as well where we have apprehended offenders, mainly juveniles, who are coming down in numbers and committing these offences.

“We believe it is organised and these young people are given these credit card details to buy items.”

Sr Sgt Jones said small electrical items and iTunes vouchers had been targeted by the offenders.

“Groups attending all sorts of stores – they have been to service stations, electrical stores, department stores and all sorts of news agencies – they use stolen credit card details and manually enter those details into the EFTPOS machines,” he said.

“What we are asking is that retailers do not accept manually entered credit card details as, on some occasions at least, some of these credit card details have been stolen by some means and it is not the rightful owners that are using them.”

Sen. Sgt Jones said police had some success in apprehending offenders.

“One 17-year-old male from the Perth metropolitan area was arrested in Busselton for this fraud,” he said.

“Bunbury have had some successes as well where we have apprehended offenders, mainly juveniles, who are coming down in numbers and committing these offences.

“We believe it is organised and these young people are given these credit card details to buy items.”

Sen. Sgt Jones said small electrical items and iTunes vouchers had been targeted by the offenders and praised the chamber for taking swift action.

Bunbury-Geographe Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive officer Ray Philp said the lead up to Christmas was a difficult time for businesses.

“When things get busier you sometimes get less experienced people that you employ to cater for the additional sales,” he said.

“Even with the experienced people you are trying to deal with the increased business.”

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