Fake credit cards were used to defraud Australian retailers of $400,000 in credit card debt.
A Malaysian man, Ching Boon Goh, 25 years of age, was involved in the production of these credit cards and he made more than $225,000 from this caper.
These cards were purchased by overseas students and had a value between $50 and $500 from Officeworks, Myer, Dick Smith Electronics and David Jones. These cards were then sold by Goh for 70% of their face value to another man.
The companies listed above lost nearly $300,000 in credit card debt between December 2008 and January of 2009. A guilty plea was entered by Goh for 4 counts of deception for obtaining property.
Goh was in Australia working as a fruit picker for three years in northern Victoria when he lost a large amount of money, $5000, while gambling at the Crown Casino.
Gold told the court that the scheme made him only $10,000, but this was not accepted by the judge, who said that this was a sophisticated crime.
Goal received a sentence of two years and nine months for this escapade
He will be eligible for parole after serving 12 months and has been in custody for 390 days. After his release he will be deported back to Malaysia where he has a baby and a partner.
This is an extreme example of a credit card debt scam, and the damage that can occur because of it.