TAKE CARE BANKING: Card-skimming devices like this one have been used on ATMs to steal and use identification data.
TAKE CARE BANKING: Card-skimming devices like this one have been used on ATMs to steal and use identification data. Contributed

Shoppers told be vigilant at ATMs

THE State Crime Command's Fraud and Cyber Crime Group is warning shoppers and merchants to be vigilant during the upcoming festive season.

The Christmas shopping period in the past has been a prime time for trans-national crime gangs to visit major shopping locations in Australia and target ATMs and stores.

"These criminals will fly into the country, travel around the major centres, attach skimmers to ATMs and EFTPOS terminals and fly out with thousands of electronically stored compromised accounts only to steal the money from those accounts in a co-ordinated manner from multiple global locations," Detective Superintendent Brian Hay said.

"We can never afford to be complacent. Christmas is certainly an expensive enough time for families and to lose money to a fraudster during this time is something I'm sure most families would like to avoid."

Ensure when using an ATM you look for any suspicious device attached to the card entry point of the machine and always cover your hand when entering your PIN.

Police also advise people to examine their monthly statements for suspicious transactions, especially transactions which may appear for $1 or $2.

This could indicate a card has been compromised and criminals are testing if the account is still active. Report such activity to your bank immediately.

Any suspicious people hanging around an ATM should be reported to police immediately.

Merchants should be wary of groups of two to four people seeking to buy multiple high-end products and using multiple credit cards to pay for the goods.

Anyone with information that could assist with this matter should phone Crime Stoppers via 1800 333 000 or visit crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours a day.


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