Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Thieves Swiping Cards

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Thieves Swiping Cards

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protect yourself

If it looks too good to be true -- it probably is.

Always get independent advice if an offer involves significant money, time or commitment.

Remember there are no get-rich-quick schemes: the only people who make money are the scammers.

Do not agree to offers or deals straight away: tell the person that you are not interested or that you want to get some independent advice before making a decision.

You can contact your local office of fair trading, ASIC or the ACCC for assistance.

Never send money or give credit card or online account details to anyone you do not know and trust.

Check your bank account and credit card statements when you get them.

Keep your credit and ATM cards safe.

Do not share your personal identity number.

Do not keep any written copy of your PIN with the card.

If you have been targeted by a scam phone 1300795995 or visit www.scamwatch.gov.au.

Emma Reid

emma.reid@news-mail.com.au

WITH the growing threat of scams, Bundaberg residents are advised if it looks too good to be true -- it probably is.

Scams come in many forms, from internet and email scams, to telephone and cold calling.

Central Newsagency business owners Steven and Elaine O'Donnell have seen their fair share of scam emails come through, but were mostly shocked by the PayPass scam that occurred earlier this year.

Mr O'Donnell said it was a Sunday morning when a group of males aged approximately 17-18 years old went to the shop and paid for items using a bank card with the PayPass method.

"A group of males entered the store and purchased items with a small value amount, they had a cover story at hand, saying oh 'I don't remember dad's pin, do you?' to his mate, then stating they would just have to use PayPass, where no pin or signature is needed; it was calculated," Mr O'Donnell said

"They returned three times during the day, on the last time, PayPass didn't work straight away, which I think made them think twice and gave them a bit of a scare, but of another swipe it went through. …

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