Shop workers offered bribes in Eftpos scam

Thursday 15 July 2010

Article by Mozo

Shop workers are being offered huge bribes to help scammers steal the pin numbers and credit and debit card details of shoppers, it has been revealed.

Speaking to Radio 3AW today (July 15th), Detective Senior Sergeant Bill Nash of the major fraud squad noted that workers in high-volume retail outlets are being paid upwards of $40,000 cash in exchange for turning a blind eye while Eftpos machines are whisked away and tampered with.

He said that the "fiddled with" machines are sometimes returned within half an hour having been fitted with a pin pad underlay that can electronically capture pin numbers.

Australian Eftpos users have had millions of dollars stolen in the ongoing scam, which is thought to have links to the UK and Canada. The problem should encourage shoppers to compare debit cards wherever possible in order to find the best security and anti-fraud features.

Detective Senior Sergeant Nash observed that some members of the crime syndicate have also installed their own pinhole cameras in shops in order to record pin numbers as shoppers enter them in the machines. He urged people to cover this with their hands wherever possible and keep an eye out for cameras.

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