No free pass for fraud
POLICE have partnered with local businesses in the fight against contactless payment fraud in Melville.
With the help of local supermarkets, pharmacies, bottle shops and other often targeted businesses, police are aiming to reduce instances of payWave and PayPass fraud through better knowledge and increased vigilance.
Murdoch Police officerin-charge Stephen Castledine said they had run a series of social media campaigns throughout September to raise community awareness and provide advice on how to avoid becoming a victim.
“PayWave fraud is a difficult crime type to police due to offenders generally being opportunistic, targeting clothing, food, confectionery and alcohol,” he said.
“The cards are often stolen from burglaries, motor vehicles or unattended handbags when shopping.
“These fraud offences are often committed within a short time of the original offence, before the victim discovers the card missing and has it cancelled.
“With help of closed-circuit television (CCTV) we are able to identify some offenders and while we are always looking to prosecute these offenders, we also are striving to make it tougher for crooks to get their hands on your bank cards.”
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