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Fraudulent credit cards on the rise?

johnboy 3 November 2008 5

An interesting warning from the police:

    ACT Policing is warning ACT businesses of alleged fraudulent credit cards, after police identified cards being used in stores over the weekend (November 1 & 2).

    Three people were arrested and will face the ACT Magistrates Court today (November 3) charged with theft.

    Two of the alleged offenders have been identified as overstaying visitor visas.

    Police are encouraging Canberra businesses to be vigilant when processing credit card purchases by ensuring the information which displays on the receipt matches the information on the card.

    Businesses that are suspicious of a transaction should check with the issuing bank of the card to verify the number matches the name on the card. Multiple forms of identification should also be requested to verify the identity of the owner of the card. Should the details not match police should be contacted using 131444.

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5 Responses to Fraudulent credit cards on the rise?
SusanV SusanV 6:58 pm 11 Mar 13

The banks tolerate a very easily corrupted system because they make obscene profits and we get get the bill. The successive “security improvements” are broken within hours of their introduction. Nothing will be done until the banks income suffers. And since banks make horrendous amounts of cash till payday from money laundering the status quo will remain.

minime2 minime2 11:33 pm 03 Nov 08

“I should get the signature right; I have been practicing all day” – I said to the checkout lady at magnet mart on Saturday when I handed over my daughter’s card. Dear thing didn’t even blink. Purchase successfully made.

fnaah fnaah 11:15 pm 03 Nov 08

my PIN number

You use those at ATM machines, i expect. You may have a case of RAS Syndrome:

(Humourously, RAS stands for “Redundant Acronym Syndrome”, making “RAS Syndrome” a twistedly self-referencing redundant acronym in itself.)

What’s really weird is that you used PIN and “PIN number” in the same sentence.

Felix the Cat Felix the Cat 9:35 pm 03 Nov 08

My CC has a PIN but the EFTPOS machine at Magpies club Kippax isn’t up with this new fangled technology and still wants me to sign even after accepting my PIN number.

AG Canberra AG Canberra 12:05 pm 03 Nov 08

“Multiple forms of identification should also be requested….”

Geez – it’s hard enough getting the minimum wage kid behind the counter to actually compare the signatures let alone ask for ID!

Every outlet should be urgently switched over to the PIN option – it’s 2008 FFS – we have the technology to stop this type of fraud from happening – just not the will to make it happen.

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