For those of you who don’t know what a Myki Card is, a few years ago, Public Transport Victoria revealed a top-up card that you could simply “touch on” and “touch off” throughout the Victorian public transport network that would aim to improve overall payment efficiency.
It has recently been announced that thieves have been targeting an international market, stealing credit card and other payment information and then going on to do something a little “out of the ordinary.” Instead of buying themselves a flight to their distant homes, or a shiny new wristwatch, these guys have been forking out on Myki cards!
The idea is simple; these scam artists use stolen money to top up real Myki cards, that they’ve had someone on the ground in Australia buy for them, before going on to sell them at a lower rate for cash on sites like Gumtree.com.au and Ebay.com.au.
Many travellers who visit Australia legitimately, sometimes forget to hand back their Myki cards and, as such, go on to sell them and any extra money that might be on the cards at a slightly lower rate than they’d have originally paid. Selling a $5 Myki Card with an extra $18.90 for a total of $10 or $15 could be regarded as a “the norm.”
What our scam artists have been doing, is buying their Myki cards for $5 each, then topping the cards up with much larger amounts (between $150-$190) using stolen funds from international bank cards, and then selling them on for between $100 and $130. Obviously this would come as a welcome surprise to any weary traveller looking to save a few extra bucks, let alone our fellow Aussies who visit Victoria on a budget.
By doing this, the fraudsters are able to turn their stolen money into cash far easier than attempting to transfer the funds through a bank account or any other means.
In total, this scam has cost Public Transport Victoria over $4.2 Million to date.
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If you would like more information on the Myki story, please click here to view more information from The Syndey Morning Herald.