WA to get tough on EFTPOS skimming scams

More than 3500 people have been caught up in an EFTPOS scam in WA. The scam, which uses tampered EFTPOS machines to capture card and PIN details, has already netted thieves more than $2.5-million.

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October 19, 2009

WA to get tough on EFTPOS skimming scams

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The WA Government is introducing tough penalties for EFTPOS skimming. (ABC News - file photo)

The Attorney-General Chrisitan Porter says Western Australia will soon have the nation's toughest penalties for EFTPOS skimming scams and identity fraud.

State Cabinet has given approval for Mr Porter to draft legislation making it an offence to produce, use or supply identity information.

It would also be illegal to have another person's identity information, or to have equipment which can make, use, supply or retain identify information.

Mr Porter would not provide details of the penalties but says they would be tougher than the 3 year jail terms which exist under South Australian legislation.

He defended the government's decision not to support two similar bills introduced by the Shadow Attorney General John Quigley.

"In fact both bills were crafted hastily, he's had two cracks of the cherry and still hasn't got it right," Mr Porter said.

"This will get it right, it'll cover all of the bases and will mean that the criminal law of Western Australia will keep pace with the technology that allows for offending."

More than 3500 people have been caught up in an EFTPOS scam in WA.

The scam, which uses tampered EFTPOS machines to capture card and PIN details, has already netted thieves more than $2.5-million.

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