A MAN has been charged over a $100,000 bank card skimming scam ran by an international crime ring in Perth, police confirmed today.
Financial Crimes Squad detectives confirmed they have charged a man as part of an ongoing investigation into international criminal networks.
Two compromised ATMs in the Perth area were linked to unauthorised bank transactions totalling more than $100,000 between August 31 and September 28.
A 32-year-old man was arrested in Kardinya on Wednesday and appeared in Perth Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.
Detective Sergeant Ian Lewis from the Financial Crime Squad said the investigation was quickly prioritised and actioned based on the early detection by the bank involved.
“The bank involved quickly alerted Police to the situation, and were also able to provide information that assisted with identifying a person involved in the alleged offences,” he said.
“The information provided by the bank was able to be cross-referenced with intelligence provided by our Commonwealth intelligence partners, and with that information combined the investigation quickly focused on locating the suspect that had been identified.
“The items seized during the arrest are directly associated with the criminal activity targeting ATMs, and we are confident the quick resolution of this matter has prevented other unlawful transactions from being completed.”
DS Lewis said the initial investigations indicated the offences may be linked to an overseas established criminal network.
“We will be sharing all the information we have gathered with our Commonwealth and international intelligence and law enforcement partners to assist with the further investigation into those potential overseas links,” he added