News

Retailers told to be aware

FRAUD WARNING: Alex Clarke from Power Max Computer, Lismore warns that a stolen credit card was used to purchase an iPad and Mac Book Pro.
FRAUD WARNING: Alex Clarke from Power Max Computer, Lismore warns that a stolen credit card was used to purchase an iPad and Mac Book Pro. Patrick Gorbunovs

A LISMORE business owner is warning retailers to be vigilant in checking credit card purchases after his business was the victim of a fraud this week.

Powermax Computers co-owner Alex Clarke said the fraudulent transaction occurred on Tuesday when two men bought items from the store on two different stolen credit cards belonging to the same person.

He said the day after a Lismore woman's purse was stolen her credit cards were used in his shop.

"The two men came in independently, but around the same time, and with her credit cards purchased an iPad and a Mac Book Pro," he said.

Mr Clarke said the victim who owned the credit cards will be reimbursed for the fraudulent transactions by her bank, but his business was left to wear a significant loss.

"In both purchases they had to sign, and they forged the signature on the card," he said.

"This is the problem with credit cards, they aren't particularly secure."

To combat the problem happening again, Mr Clarke said the store has implemented a two step identity check for credit card purchases.

"If somebody comes in and wants to buy something using a credit card and they are a new customer, then we will be requiring that they produce a driver's licence or some other form of ID."

Richmond Local Area Command Crime Manager Detective Inspector Greg Moore said police had been alerted about the fraud and investigations into the incident are ongoing.

Det Insp Moore echoed Mr Clarke's calls for retailers to be vigilant.

Topics:  credit card fraud



Are cannabis raids effective?

HIGH TIMES: Police from Strike Force Hyperion unload cannabis seized from Clouds Creek State Forest south of Nymboida, which had an estimated street value of over $400,000.

Police cannabis raids put under the microscope

Five bushfires burning on the Northern Rivers

Fire near Evans Head as captured by Von Pyne.

Residents warned there is a great deal of fire risk today

Splendour, Falls Festival acquired by company

Punters at Splendour in the Grass 2016 at Byron Bay. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

Company that brings you two local music festivals purchased

Local Partners

Delays expected on Pacific Highway

ROADS and Maritime Services have advised motorists changed traffic conditions will be in place this week.


REVEALED: A new Northern Rivers music festival in 2017

Lismore Music Festival co-directors Scott Cooper and Paul Connelly.

Mark March 10 and 11 in your calendar

This weekend's markets list

BIG VOICE: Ron the Coffee Man is a popular and regular stallholder at a number of local markets.

Where to get fresh local produce from

Not ten, but fifteen awesome things to do this week

ANNIVERSARY: Charity day party Nudge Nudge Wink Wink has raised almost $20,000 for local organisations in its first year of events.

This busy week we have pretty much every possible event you may want

REVEALED: A new Northern Rivers music festival in 2017

Lismore Music Festival co-directors Scott Cooper and Paul Connelly.

Mark March 10 and 11 in your calendar

Katie Holmes' empowering directorial debut

Katie Holmes

KATIE Holmes as made her directorial debut

Jennifer Lawrence gives keys to new partner

Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence

Oscar winner settling down with new partner

Rogue One star proud to lead new Star Wars film

Felicity Jones leads the new Star Wars film

Star Wars lead proud to be in front in sci-fi

What's on the small screen this week

Ernie Dingo stars in the TV series Going Places with Ernie Dingo.

ERNIE Dingo stars in a new travel series and Seven airs the AACTAs.

Mandy Moore feels like she's 60

Mandy Moore sees herself as a 60-year-old rather than a 32-year-old

Chinese locked out of Australian property market

The rules are different if you're a foreigner

The buyer was from China - the trouble started right there

Morrison signs off on new affordable rental model

Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference after a meeting of the Council of Federal Financial Relations at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

Scott Morrison signed off on development of a new financing model

Coast high-flyer's fight back from bankruptcy, $72m debt

Scott Juniper went from millionaire developer to declaring bankruptcy in2012, now he is back on top of his game again with new developments including this one in Coolum.

'Apocalyptic lending storm' causes financial collapse.

How your home can earn you big $$$$ this Christmas

This luxury Twin Waters home rents out over Christmas for more than $6000 a week.

Home owners earning thousands renting out their homes this Christmas

2000 jobs at multi-million dollar Ipswich project

INSIDE: Artist's impressions of the interior of the new Eastern Heights aged care precinct.

Sub-contractors needed to build $15m aged care facility

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!