Man found with ATM skimmer, illegal debit cards in Tweed

A man has been charged over major fraud and identity offences after his car was stopped at Banora Point yesterday (Tuesday, July 31).

About 2.30pm yesterday , police stopped a BMW 325i on Oyster Point Road,.

During a search of the vehicle, police allegedly located three mobile phones, a card skimming device, about 50 sim cards, a laptop and about 20 thumb drives.

Officers also allegedly located Visa debit cards which were obtained fraudulently.

A 28-year-old man was arrested in relation to these items, as well as a prior domestic violence incident.

He was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station where he was charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm (domestic violence), obtain benefit by deception, use carriage service to menace, knowingly deal in proceeds of crime and possess identity information to commit indictable offence.

He was refused bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court today (Wednesday 1 August 2018).

In April 2018, police from Tweed/Byron Police District formed Strike Force Manusus to investigate a large-scale fraud syndicate operating in the Tweed Heads area.

Since the commencement of the Strike Force, investigators have made four arrests, with thousands of stolen credit cards seized and many victims identified.

Inquiries by the strike force continue.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or


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