Westpac blocks skimmed cards in NSW

Australian bank Westpac has blocked more than 10,000 skimmed cards in the wake of the country’s largest card fraud operation.

According to the Daily Telegraph, it has barred the cards over the course of the past ten days.

The move follows revelations that $50 million had been stolen from New South Wales bank accounts in the attack.

Westpac’s move is believed to be a preventative measure and although between 10,000 and 11,000 credit and debit cards were deactivated, the number of consumers hit by the scam was far lower, possibly numbering in the hundreds.

"We’re working closely with fast-food outlets and NSW Police to minimise any impact on customers," the spokesman from Westpac said.

The skimming fraud involved modified EFTPOS terminals which were used to clone people’s credit and debit card details.

At the time, the fraud was described by detective superintendent Colin Dyson as "the biggest I’ve seen".

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