posted on Jul, 15 2010 @ 07:56 AM
Police say syndicate members have tampered with EFTPOS terminals at up to 50 businesses across the state.
These crime gangs are not only sophisticated, but also highly skilled and motivated.
They are not to be underestimated at all costs, because they have the brains to carry out this kind of financial fraud on a statewide. let alone a
The crime gang members usually come from offshore, like Asia or Eastern Europe. They then use laptops and spy cams bought from local spy stores and
bribe local shop workers into complicity.
Cameras are covertly installed on the ceiling and chips are covertly embedded into PIN machines to record the account details.
If you are suspicious, look above your head when going out to a restaurant, a gas station or a convenience store and check the PIN machines to see if
any card-skimming chips are embedded inside.
Try breaking open their PIN machine to see if a card-skimming chip is inside. Better yet, pay cash instead (except in situations where cash in
The reason why Australia has been picked as a soft target is because it is the last country to introduce smartcards. Prior to that, traditional
magnetic strip cards were in everyday use, and they were indeed vulnerable to card skimming.
You could even hide a card skimmer inside a card machine.
So ladies and gentlemen on ATS, try to keep your cards being skimmed and your bank accounts safe from being withdrawn without your knowledge.
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