PayPass isn’t so convenient when your card has been stolen

A MAN who left his wallet at a Rockhampton service station learned the hard way that PayPass isn't so convenient when your card has been stolen.

He was the victim of theft after forgetting his wallet at Choice Service Station on Yaamba Rd, but it didn't take police long to catch up with the man who spent the day using it.

Warren James Bird appeared in Rockhampton Magistrates Court on Friday charged with three counts of fraud and one count of receiving tainted property.

The court heard on February 10 someone gave Bird the missing wallet which contained the bank cards, which he knew were stolen at the time.

The 40-year-old then used PayPass on separate occasions throughout the day on purchases which included fuel, cigarettes and mobile phone credit.

For transactions under $100 PayPass can be used, where users can simply swipe their cards without having to use a PIN.

The wallet's owner returned to the service station after he realised he left it there but by then it had been stolen.

He then checked his statements and saw it had been used several times, including at that service station.

Bird was captured on CCTV footage using the card, with two co-offenders also present as he bought cigarettes.

The court heard it was a crime of opportunity.

Magistrate Cameron Press sentenced Bird, who was on parole at the time of the offence, to six months jail suspended for 18 months.

He was also ordered to pay $340.02 restitution.

WHAT IF YOUR CARD IS STOLEN

Always check your account statements to make sure no unauthorised transactions have been made

Tell your card issuer immediately if your card is lost or stolen.

WHAT IS PAYWAVE/PAYPASS

It is a new contactless method of payment.

It is a simple, secure and quick payment method for transactions up to $100.

Transactions over $100 have to be made by swiping or inserting the card into a terminal and using your PIN.



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