Card skimming arrest in Brisbane, QLD

Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Financial and Cyber Crime Group have charged a man following a protracted investigation into alleged card skimming offences, Queensland Police say.

As part of Operation Quebec Olympic it will be alleged the 31-year-old Brazilian born French national currently in Australia on a student visa attached deep insert skimming devices to Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) across Brisbane.

The man was arrested on July 12 this year after detectives executed a search warrant on a Leichhardt Street address in Spring Hill where it will be alleged they located $22,100 in cash, laptops and hard drive, five ATM deep insert skimming devices, two false ATM ceiling panels with attached pin hole cameras and associated electronics including SD cards and batteries.

It will further be alleged an electronic card reader and writer, numerous blank iTunes cards and gift cards, bag of tools and electronic equipment associated with card skimming were also located.

The man has been charged with 61 offences including obtaining identification information, dealing with identification information, stealing, possessing tainted property and possess thing with intent to forge documents.

He is expected to appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court today.

Financial and Cyber Crime Group Superintendent Pete Brewer urged the community to be vigilant with their bank account details and to ensure they remain alert when using ATMs.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers.

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