Melbourne credit card holders skimmed $9,000 at ATMs

Credit card holders in Melbourne have lost thousands of dollars without knowing where or how in a common scam.

Melbourne credit cardholders have been unknowingly robbed of thousands of dollars in a common scam.

The victims were skimmed $9,000 in cash between December and March this year after a man visited 12 ATMs across Melbourne using the details of previously skimmed credit cards.

Victims who reported unauthorized cash withdrawals from ATMs in Toorak, South Yarra, Box Hill, Richmond, Springvale, Fairfield and the Melbourne CBD told police they did not know when or how their cards banks had been compromised.

On Tuesday, detectives released a photo of a man who was captured by CCTV at ATMs and police believe they can help with their investigations.

The man is described as Caucasian in appearance, in his 30s and of average/heavy build.

In one instance, he was wearing a black New York Yankees baseball cap, blue surgical mask, black hoodie with white writing across the chest, blue denim jeans, and black/white Adidas joggers.

Credit card skimming is a form of card theft in which criminals use a small device to steal your credit card information from legitimate places of business.

These skimming devices can be attached to ATMs or designed to look like a real card reader.

Data from the Australian Payments Clearing Association revealed that in 2021 skimming fraud cost Australia more than $2.3 million.

Detectives continue to investigate the thefts and have urged victims to come forward.

Anyone who believes their account has been compromised should contact Crime Stoppers.

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