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.