By Patrick Avenell

MUSWELLBROOK, NSW: A 24-year-old man has been arrested and charged with fraud offences in relation to a skimming scam they were allegedly running on EFTPOS machines.

Skimming is the act of recording credit card and bankcard details on specially made devices while the cards are being used to make payments in stores.

These charges were laid after a joint operation between New South Wales and Queensland Police, with the young man facing court in Muswellbrook, near Newcastle, earlier this week. He was charged with making equipment to make [a] false document and conspiracy to dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception. He was refused bail.

"[This arrest was] made possible as a result of continued interagency cooperation,” said New South Wales Police Force Fraud Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Colin Dyson

“Detectives from Strike Force Wigg continue to work tirelessly in an effort to tackle EFTPOS skimming. 

“Investigations are ongoing, and police continue to urge members of the public to regularly change their PIN and to check their bank statements for irregularities.”

Consumer Electronics retailers should remain cautious to suspicious activities, or the use of foreign devices, by employees and consumers when conducting EFTPOS transactions.