Police fight paywave fraud

Police are targeting payWave fraud in Cockburn, Fremantle and Melville.
Police are targeting payWave fraud in Cockburn, Fremantle and Melville.

POLICE have partnered with local businesses in the fight against payWave fraud in Cockburn, Fremantle and Melville.

With the help of local supermarkets, pharmacies, bottle shops and other often targeted businesses, police are aiming to reduce instances of payWave fraud through better knowledge and increased vigilance.

Murdoch Police officer in charge Stephen Castledine said they had run a series of social media campaigns throughout September to raise community awareness and provide advice on how to avoid becoming a victim.

“PayWave fraud is a difficult crime type to police due to offenders generally being opportunistic targeting clothing, food, confectionary and alcohol,” he said.

“The cards are often stolen from burglaries, motor vehicles or unattended handbags when shopping.

“These fraud offences are often committed within a short time of the original offence, before the victim discovers the card missing and has it cancelled.

“With help of closed-circuit television (CCTV) we are able to identify some offenders and while we are always looking to prosecute these offenders, we also are striving to make it tougher for crooks to get their hands on your bank cards.”


Police tips for reducing payWave fraud

For shoppers

-Secure your payWave/PayPass cards at all times.

-Don’t leave cards unsecured at home.

-Never leave your purse/wallet in your car.

-Report lost or stolen cards immediately to your bank.

-Never lend your payWave/PayPass card to anyone.

For Businesses

-Be alert to customers who appear anxious or in a hurry.

-Install overt CCTV and CCTV drop down screens at entrances.

-If unsure or suspicious, ask for further identification.

-Trial payWave/PayPass free days where customers enter a PIN no matter the purchase price.

-If you suspect fraudulent activity report it to police on 131 444.