Tourists in Victoria, Australia have been targeted by fraudsters who lure them into purchasing tickets to access popular tourist attractions on the Chinese social media application WeChat, then stealing their credit card details.
Tourist attractions such as the Sovereign Hill, the Peninsula Hot Springs and the Eureka Skyjack have been used in the scam.
Chinese tourists are said to be most targeted by the organised crime syndicate responsible for the scam said to be worth millions of dollars. Once the syndicate had access to travellers’ credit card details, they would then legitimately buy tickets from the tourist establishments, only to resell on the social media app at a fraction of the price, reports from ABC.
The scam involved fraudsters using stolen credit cards to purchase tickets to the tourist attractions, then on-selling them at a reduced cost via Chinese social networking site WeChat.
According to The Age, Max Futeran, BridgeClimb’s chief financial officer has advised that tourism establishments check their recent financial records to determine whether they’d been affected through “charge backs” on credit cards.
While reports say an estimated $400 000 has fraudulently been stolen, the actual magnitude and impact on the sector is yet to be determined.