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Skimmers scam at festival


By Helen Tatchell

Obtaining money or goods by deception is a criminal offence and Ballan Autumn Festival was a target for thieves on Sunday 17 March.
Ballan Police OIC Sgt Michael Kearnes is asking attendees to check their bank account transactions and credit card statements, after criminal activity involving what Police believe to be stolen credit card numbers and details, were used in a series of fraud offences at a Ballan supermarket on the Sunday of the festival.
“We do have CCTV footage and a number of witnesses to the offences”.
“I ask patrons if they have any discrepancies with their bank accounts to notify their bank institution immediately and then ask them to contact us here at Ballan Police,” he said.
Sgt Kearnes said the offenders have used the theft of credit card numbers at the local supermarket with an “estimated $2000 worth of stock purchased illegally.”
Anyone who may have information in relation to the crime are asked to contact Ballan police on 5368 1303 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

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On a more pleasant note Sgt Kearnes has told the Moorabool News an honest festival patron handed in a diamond ring to Ballan police station.
“We’re asking if anyone at the Autumn Festival has lost a valued piece of jewellery to contact us,” he said.
Ballan Police can be contacted on 5368 1303.