Some fraudsters have taken fare evasion to a whole new level by buying and selling Myki’s that contain stolen money. Due to some flaws in their automated Myki top-up system, Public Transport Victoria have had to pay AU$4.2m in costs to international credit card holders after 18 months of sustained attacks on their system.
PTV was originally targeted sometime around early 2013 in an attack that saw a number of credit card details stolen from their system, resulting in millions of dollars of Myki purchases charged to those accounts. Myki users are assured that their accounts are safe, and that the fraudulent activity has become the subject of an international investigation. Details surrounding the investigation remain as of yet unknown. Don’t worry guys, Protective Services have got our backs.
Public Transport Victoria warns customers to steer clear of dodgy looking online retailers selling Myki cards as they may contain fraudulent funds or could even be fake. Mark Wild warns; “If it looks dodgy, it almost certainly is.” Thanks for the advice.
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