4 Jun 2003

Westpac Fiji warns of fraud

10:46 am on 4 June 2003

The Westpac Bank in Fiji has warned credit card users that an organised group operating around the world is out to get their money if they are not careful.

The Fiji Sun reports that Westpac issued the warning after it became aware of a card scam targeting businesses in Fiji and the South Pacific.

Westpac's chief manager for Fiji, David Evans, says the method involves sending a fax to businesses or travel agents, asking for lists of credit card details in return for financial rewards and increased business.

In some cases merchants are asked to withdraw money through the credit cards and wire it by Western Union to a company in Chile.

Mr Evans says such transnational crimes are hard to trace because the offenders are not in Fiji.