Queensland Police Service

$1 million stolen in 'card skimming' ATM scam

ORGANISED criminals who have fleeced about $1 million from bank users have been targeting older-model ATMs in Southeast Queensland, police say.

The area from the Sunshine Coast to northern NSW has been a hotbed for the syndicate since 2009, with investigators alleging more than $540,000 has been funnelled to Bulgaria.

Detective Acting Inspector Jason Gough said specific banks were not targeted, with the alleged offenders instead focusing on certain models of ATMs.

Six people have been charged so far during Operation North Overcast but police expect more charges to be laid.

The syndicate was uncovered when anti-bikie police began probing the dealings of an ex-Rebels member and allegedly discovered links to the European group. He is a 46-year-old Brisbane man who has been charged with money laundering.

Read more on the Brisbane Times.

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