Four charged in Perth in relation to international credit card fraud

An international syndicate has been charged over credit card fraud.
An international syndicate has been charged over credit card fraud.

AN investigation into an international fraud syndicate involving associates from Slovenia and the United Kingdom has resulted in West Australian police charging four men.

Police say the syndicate registered five Australian companies, leased multiple business premises, opened personal and business bank accounts and acquired EFTPOS machines.

Members allegedly planned to commit fraud before leaving Australia and had transferred about $45,000 offshore using compromised credit cards.

Units on Palmerston Street in Perth were raided on Thursday and officers allegedly found several EFTPOS terminals, receipts, airline boarding passes, financial documents and electronic devices.

Four men – aged 25, 27, 28 and 35 – have each been charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.

The WA major fraud squad and Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission began the probe last month and the investigation is ongoing.