Pinjarra Murray Times - - CRIME WATCH -

MAN­DURAH Po­lice would like to warn re­tail­ers of an emerg­ing crime trend that has come to po­lice at­ten­tion all over the metro area. The of­fend­ers make a pur­chase at a store and at­tempt to pay by card. They come up with a rea­son for need­ing to use the Eftpos ma­chine, such as hav­ing to en­ter their card num­ber man­u­ally, and once the ma­chine is passed over they en­ter card details (usu­ally stolen) and change the trans­ac­tion amount to a higher value. The trans­ac­tion is pro­cessed and they ‘no­tice’ the higher value and demand a cash re­fund. In many cases al­low­ing the of­fend­ers to use the Eftpos ma­chine con­tra­venes the terms of use and re­tail­ers can find them­selves, not their bank, out of pocket. It is crit­i­cal that re­tail­ers do not al­low people to use the Eftpos hand­set for any pur­pose other than en­ter­ing a PIN and to al­ways closely ob­serve them while they do. If staff are sus­pi­cious, they should void the trans­ac­tion. Most of these of­fend­ers leave the store im­me­di­ately when it be­comes clear that some­one is sus­pi­cious. - Man­durah OIC Dar­ren Hart

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