Credit card fraud in lo­cal area

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

CREDIT card skim­mers have come to Can­non­vale, with Mount Ju­lian res­i­dent Gil­lian Craig-Gra­ham hav­ing her card used il­le­gally at two ser­vice sta­tions in the area.

Mrs Craig-Gra­ham was alerted to the il­le­gal trans­ac­tions by a friend who vis­ited the re­gion dur­ing late De­cem­ber last year.

“She con­tacted me and let me know that her bank told them their card had been cloned and had been used at an ATM in Can­non­vale on two sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions,” Mrs Craig-Gra­ham said.

“They [the bank of Mrs Craig-Gra­ham’s friend] said it looks like your card has been cloned and we’ve can­celled it.”

The thieves had taken just shy of $4,000 with­out the vic­tims’ knowl­edge.

Mrs Craig-Gra­ham checked her own bank state­ments and found a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent had oc­curred, although thank­fully the sums were not so large.

“And sure enough we had two trans­ac­tions at two ser­vice sta­tions and we hadn’t been there,” she said.

“Ours was $90 on two oc­ca­sions.”

For­tu­nately for Mrs CraigGra­ham and her friends their re­spec­tive banks have agreed to re­pay the sums stolen, and have can­celled the of­fend­ing credit cards.

“They [the bank] had to cancel the cards and we had to lodge a dis­pute [with the bank] re­gard­ing the trans­ac­tion,” Mrs Craig-Gra­ham said.

The of­fences took place ear­lier this year be­tween Fe­bru­ary 6 and 9 in Can­non­vale, how­ever de­spite the lo­ca­tions be­ing stated on the vic­tims bank state­ments this can­not be con­firmed.

Mrs Craig-Gra­ham con­tacted lo­cal po­lice but no sus­pects have been iden­ti­fied.

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