Two charged over $4m Perth McDonald's EFTPOS scam

TWO people have been arrested over an EFTPOS skimming scam in which $4 million was stolen from the accounts of McDonald's customers in Western Australia…the men formed part of a well organised international crime syndicate…significant sums of money from the credit card and bank accounts of West Australians, at automatic teller machines in New South Wales, Victoria, Canada, Great Britain, USA, India and Malaysia.

http://www.theaustralian.com.au
December 23, 2009

Two charged over $4m Perth McDonald's EFTPOS scam
Glenn Cordingley

TWO people have been arrested over an EFTPOS skimming scam in which $4 million was stolen from the accounts of McDonald's customers in Western Australia.

The arrests follow extensive inquiries nationally and internationally by the WA Police Major Fraud Squad and Technology Crime Investigations unit, with the assistance of other national and international law enforcement agencies.

The two men were apprehended in Sydney on Western Australian arrest warrants on charges of conspiracy to defraud.

The first man, a 36-year-old British citizen who lives in United Kingdom, was arrested on Monday and appeared in the Parramatta Local Court yesterday where Perth detectives successfully sought his extradition to WA. He was remanded in custody to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court tomorrow.

The second man is a 31-year-old Canadian citizen who lives in Canada. He was arrested yesterday and will appear in the Parramatta Local Court today where detectives will seek his extradition to WA.

Police will allege the men formed part of a well organised international crime syndicate responsible for the skimming crimes and theft of significant sums of money from the credit card and bank accounts of West Australians, at automatic teller machines in New South Wales, Victoria, Canada, Great Britain, USA, India and Malaysia.

Further inquiries are continuing to locate other persons of interest in Australia and overseas.

WA Police believe card details were stolen after thieves tampered with hand-held EFTPOS devices handed into cars at several McDonald’s stores. More than $4 million was withdrawn from 4000 accounts and people were forced to change their pin numbers at the height of the scam in September.

Western Australia's top fraud officer Detective Senior Sergeant Don Heise said the McDonald's scam occurred when legitimate EFTPOS PIN pads were replaced by bogus ones that transmitted PINs to criminals.

Major fraud squad detectives say the scam was the biggest of its type in WA.

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