QCC's message to Christmas shoppers: Be extra vigilant this festive season.
QCC's message to Christmas shoppers: Be extra vigilant this festive season. Brenda Strong GLA031211XMAS

Crime group urges Christmas shoppers not to get scammed

THE Queensland 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 international crime gangs to visit major shopping locations around 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 coordinated manner from multiple global locations," Detective Superintendent Brian Hay said.

"We can never afford to be complacent," he said.

"Christmas is certainly an expensive enough time for families and to lose money to a fraudster during this time is something I am sure most families would like to avoid."

Det Supt Hay said 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.

"Also be sure to examine your monthly statement for suspicious transactions, especially transactions which may appear for one or two dollars," he said.

"This indicates your card has been compromised and the criminals are testing the account is still active.

"If you see this, contact your bank immediately."


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