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Fraud squad probe restaurant bills
Fraud squad probe restaurant bills

Police are investigating a number of unauthorised transactions that have been added to the bills of unwitting customers at a Perth restaurant.

Major fraud squad officers have seized an EFTPOS machine from the restaurant following complaints about additional charges.

The initial complaint was received from a mother who was charged an extra $1500 on top of her initial bill for a family meal.

A forensic analysis of the machine will now take place.

A police spokeswoman said the case should serve as a reminder to the public to be vigilant when using their credit or corporate cards to make purchases.

Police recommend following the following steps to avoid becoming a victim of fraud:

Be observant at the time of paying a bill and if possible keep your eye on your credit card at all times;

Watch what the operator of the EFTPOS machine is doing

Ask for a receipt and keep the receipt

Use cash whenever possible when leaving a tip

If you authorise a tip with your credit card request an itemised receipt and keep it

Regularly check your credit card statements

Anyone who believes they are a victim of credit card fraud is encouraged to call police on 131 444 and contact their financial institution.