Recently, a Carlisle resident was away from home for few days when a new bankcard was mailed out.
Someone broke into her locked letterbox, removed the card and went on a shopping spree using the tap and go feature. Over two days the offender spent about $3000 at various stores.
The tap and go feature on bankcards allows people to purchase goods for under $100 without putting in their PIN. It is marketed as easy and convenient and a timesaver at the checkout.
Senior Constable Rob Stevenson, of the South East Metropolitan Community Engagement Unit, said by using the tap and go feature, the offender was able to rack up a large amount of goods over a short time period in multiple transactions before the bank noticed.
He said it was clear from the offence last month that even a locked letterbox isn’t enough to deter offenders.
‘Always clear your letterboxes as soon as possible and if you are expecting a new card, don’t have it sent out while you are away,’ he said.
‘Be mindful of the security of your wallet and purse while out shopping and keep them secured to prevent the theft of these cards. It’s like carrying cash around with you.’
He said if you do not think you really need the feature, talk to your bank because some of them may issue a card without it.
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