No free pass for fraud

Melville Times - - NEWS - Jes­sica Nico

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.”

Lo­cal po­lice are crack­ing down on credit card fraud.

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