Australian police bust international fraud syndicate:
Lankans among five arrested in Sydney
Men charged with
*Conspiracy to cheat, defraud
*Participating in criminal group
Five men from Malaysia and Sri Lanka were charged yesterday with
being members of an international fraud syndicate responsible for
attacks on bank card systems across Australia. New South Wales state
fraud squad detectives said the arrests in Sydney followed months of
investigations with the men allegedly coordinating the group’s
activities in Australia, Europe and North America.
“The NSW Police Force is committed to targeting fraud related crime
and today’s operation has resulted in the significant disruption of an
alleged international syndicate,” said Detective Superintendent Col
It is alleged the syndicate employed highly advanced technology to
illegally copy account details from the magnetic strips on credit or
debit cards when people used handheld machines normally meant for
processing payments. The men were charged with offences including
conspiracy to cheat and defraud, robbery, participating in a criminal
group and possessing equipment to make identification documents.
During raids, police seized items including machines for processing
bank payments, laptop computers, numerous mobile phones, cash, false
travel documents and a number of Canadian credit cards.