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Thread: Just Got Back from Honeymoon to Find I've Been Card Skimmed!

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    It's hit the news here, police are urging everyone to get there pin change so far more than $2 000 000 has been stolen.
    Apparently the theives has been targetting my McDonalds drive thru's and Coles stores a lot of them in my area. They obtain your information by installing a card reader into the swipe machine and then either use a hidden camera or watch afar with binoculars for your pin.

    The theives has made three transactions from my savings and my cheque account.

    When i realised money was missing I called the bank right away and informed them of this and they told me they couldnt see the transactions made and for me to call back on monday or tuesday when the transactions showed up on the computer. When I did call back the transactions did show up but another $800 had been stolen out of my other account.

    These transactions were made in Melbourne and Sydney while I was I Las Vegas making my own transactions there. I had even told the bank I would be in America from the 29th till the 14th. The last transaction made was while I was travelling on the plane onthe 13th.

    I think the bank was slow to react on this.

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    Hi All

    I heard on my radio that the WA McDonalds card skimming was a hoax, but seems it's not. At least there is a lot in the news about it.

    Readers' Comments: Shoppers stung by fraud gang - PerthNow

    The comments (start at the bottom and work back up for oldest to newest) indicate where cards were skimmed even if the Police and Maccas won't say.

    I suspect crime like this is why banks charge fees. There is a massive amount of it. Enough money to renovate or build several new and big hospitals.

    A lot of comments relate to card chips - but I suspect if the card is skimmed and the pin videoed, that it's not going to make much difference if a chip was used or not.
    http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/quee...0707-dbah.html

    And it's not just maccas but coles as well - eek. I think I'll go check my bank tx.
    Last edited by Hyacinth; 10-16-2009 at 02:25 PM.

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    I got the list of places that had been 'hit' quite badly and sure enough 2 hrs before i recieved the list i used my card at one of the hot spots.. So now im checking my bank every 1/2 a day to ensure nothing has been taken...

    (Im in Perth too )

    Its horrible isn't it, whats even more scary is the fact they can't seem to control it!

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    I suspect that most of the robberies in SA still happen the old fashioned way - with a robber and a gun so you know it happened. I think I'd prefer the Perth way.

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    Heres an email I received.

    List of venues to avoid:

    McDonalds Canning Vale
    McDonalds Maddington
    McDonalds City
    McDonalds Success
    McDonalds Cannington
    McDonalds South Perth

    Coles Southern River
    Coles Gosnells
    Coles Thornlie
    Coles Maddington
    Coles Forest Lakes

    Peak Service Station Bayswater
    Peak Service Station Kwinana
    Peak Service Station Maddington
    Peak Service Station Mundaring
    Peak Service Station Roleystone

    BP Service Station Wembley
    BP Service Station Carlisle
    BP Service Station Manning
    BP Service Station Osborne Park

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    Call me old fashioned and waaaay behind the times but I don't have a card of any sort, I use a pass book for all my banking and refuse to pay anything except with cash.

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    According to my kids more like 200. I just like having the book, it stops a lot of impulse buying. Too much hassle running to the bank everytime I want an extra dollar or 2.

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    I used to be like you Emma, until I moved interstate, and couldn't get any of my money out of the bank because the passbooks didn't have my signature, or if they did - the branch interstate didn't have a copy of my signature. Truly sucked. After that I caved in and got a card or two.

    The credit card was great, because if I got cash out to buy some new clothes for work and then I didn't find any clothes I liked, I'd waste the cash on other things but with the credit card the money would stay in the bank. I usually pay the whole balance off each month - unless I get a bit disorganised and forget what day it is.

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