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Fifth person charged over alleged 'tap and pay' fraud - SCC Fraud & Cybercrime Squad

Tuesday, 06 June 2017 09:26:48 AM

A man has been charged following as investigations continue into technology-enabled crime in Sydney.

In July 2016, detectives from the Fraud and Cybercrime Squad established Strike Force Tamarisk to investigate the use of Host Card Emulation (HCE) via ‘Tap and Pay’ applications to make fraudulent purchases across Sydney.

HCE is the technology dependent architecture that provides the exact virtual representation of various electronic banking cards using software only.

Their inquiries identified a sophisticated organised group who had been porting mobile phones, compromising bank accounts through mobile applications, enabling the use of credit cards to purchase electronic and luxury goods, which are then on-sold.

Following ongoing investigations, strike force detectives arrested a 26-year-old man at a correctional facility at Wellington about 9.30am yesterday (Monday 5 June 2017).

He was charged with 10 offences relating to fraud and dealing with identity information.

The man was remanded in custody to appear at Dubbo Local Court today (Tuesday 6 June 2017).

Police will allege in court the group was part of a group using HCE to make fraudulent purchases totalling about $1.5 million. It is believed at least 45 bank accounts were compromised.

To date, Strike Force Tamarisk investigators have charged five people and laid 340 fraud and cybercrime charges. Investigations are continuing and further arrests are expected.

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Police are urging anyone with information about technology-enabled crime is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our social media pages.