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Tuesday, 17 December 2013
Credit Card Fraud Gang under investigation
Man arrested after fake credit cards seized - Strike Force Hereford
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 08:58:04 AM
Fraud and Cybercrime Squad detectives have arrested one man and seized numerous items linked to credit card skimming and manufacture following proactive operations in Sydney.
Strike Force Hereford is an ongoing Fraud and Cybercrime Squad investigation into the fraudulent use of skimmed and cloned credit cards.
Late on Monday night (16 December 2013), general duties officers from Campsie Local Area Command stopped two men outside a shopping centre at Campsie, locating two credit cards with pin numbers written on the back discarded nearby.
The cards were seized and the men released, with information referred on to Strike Force Hereford detectives for further investigation.
Early yesterday (Tuesday 17 December 2013), strike force detectives executed a search warrant at a unit in Brancourt Avenue, Yagoona, where they seized an EFTPOS terminal, numerous credit cards believed to have been cloned, rolls of magnetic strip and other items used to manufacture credit cards.
A 43-year-old man was arrested at Marina Crescent, Greenacre, just before midday, and detectives seized gift cards and cash from a vehicle.
The man was taken to Bankstown Police Station and charged with two counts each of deal with identity information and attempted fraud.
He was granted conditional bail to appear at Bankstown Local Court on Monday 20 January 2014.
Police will allege the man is part of an organised crime group involved in high-level credit card fraud, and that his arrest and the seizure of the credit card manufacturing equipment will compromise the ability of the group to commit further frauds.
Inquiries are continuing and Strike Force Hereford detectives anticipate making further arrests.
Anyone with information about this incident should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/. Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.