Sophisticated card skimming scam currently underway in Western AustraliaMikey 20 comments
Foe those outside of Australia, you might not know that us West Australians are caught in the middle of our largest every card skimming scam.
So far more than 2.5 million dollars has been scammed from targeted McDonalds Eftpos services around Perth. Police will not share the details of exactly how the large scale fraud is happening, but McDonalds stores are reportedly replacing every Eftpos handset which is being inspected by the Fraud Squad after each installation.
A chain email in high circulation claiming that a number of other stores (Coles, Peak and BP) have been compromised is apparently (and not at all surprising) not based on any truth. Police say there is no evidence to support the email warning, and that McDonalds stores are the only ones to have been affected.
Major Fraud Squad Detective Senior Sergeant Don Heise said:
"Over this period of time, which is probably four to six weeks, substantial amounts of information has been obtained from the customers and ... a lot of that has already been used. To date, 3500 customers have had their credit cards compromised to a total of $2.5 million and this will continue for probably the next few weeks and for the next couple of months."
As far as skimming scams go it's certainly very well organised and sophisticated - one could say impressive. Not coincidentally we paid cash at McDonalds tonight, and judging by this photo I took it seems the management is erring on the side of caution as well.
So remember kids - play it safe. If you've been into a McD's in the last few weeks and paid with your card, make it a point to get your pin number changed or credit card replaced.