Wave away credit card fraud initiative launched

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Nambour CBD was the venue for the launch of the ‘Wave Away Credit Card Fraud’ initiative on the Sunshine Coast aimed at reducing credit card fraud involving the use of payWave.

Assisting with the launch was Senior Sergeant Gary Brayley, Officer in Charge of Nambour Police Station, who supported the initiative which included a message to business owners.

“Often stolen credit cards are used to purchase items such as petrol, fast food and convenience items by using the payWave facility,” Senior Sergeant Brayley said.

“With the rapid advancement in technology, frauds are becoming more sophisticated, widespread and complex.

“Police are seeking the support of businesses by displaying the “Wave Away Credit Card Fraud” poster near EFTPOS machines and asking staff to be vigilant when accepting payment by credit card or debit cards.”

A business card sized warning to customers and a brochure aimed at educating staff on how to be vigilant and what action to take if a stolen credit card is presented, are also part of this initiative.

Here’s some crime prevention tips to avoid credit card fraud include:

  • Contact your financial institution: Ask about how you can reduce the amount available for withdrawal when using payWave.
  • Keep your cards secure: Ensure your credit cards and debit cards are secure at all times.
  • Never keep your PIN with your card: Ensure your PIN is not easily accessed if your cards are lost or stolen.
  • Conceal the keypad: Ensure you take steps to conceal the keypad when you enter your PIN.
 
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