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Several people have been charged over the use of false identities and stolen credit card details to obtain property worth a total of $360,000

The first of the two separate operations began in early August and involved detectives gathering evidence, executing search warrants and seizing vehicles, computers and false identity documents.

Acting Detective Inspector Pete Davies said a 25-year-old man allegedly used computer editing software to create false identity documents, which he used to create six new false identities for himself.

“He then allegedly opened 17 bank accounts in the false names and successfully applied for drivers licence learners permits in these false names,” he said.

Police allege the false identities were used to buy vehicles from Perth car dealerships while entering into contracts with finance companies.

“He also entered into insurance contracts for the encumbered vehicles using the false identities,” Acting Detective Inspector Davies said.

The man then fraudulently obtained $210,000 in property including two Nissan Navara utes, a Ford XR6 ute, a Holden SV6 sedan and two Holden SS utilities.

He allegedly on-sold several of the vehicles online and forged a letter showing the vehicles were free of financial encumbrance.

He was charged with 12 counts of fraud, six counts of applying for a drivers licence while suspended, five counts of forging or altering vehicle licences, possessing a false Australian travel document, and false or misleading representation.

In a separate operation, police charged four people with a total of 78 offences including fraud, attempted fraud, receiving and possessing stolen or unlawfully obtained property.

Police say the group obtained $150,000 worth of electrical goods, perfume, jewellery, household goods and alcohol using stolen credit card information in a series of “card-not-present” transactions.

The offenders allegedly obtained the credit card numbers by “dumpster diving” in bins and then made calls to businesses and used online purchasing facilities to obtain the goods.

They allegedly used false identities, created false email accounts and used different phone numbers to deceive the businesses, which accepted the transactions.

A 40-year-old man appeared in court on July 19 and pleaded guilty to 40 counts of fraud, six counts of attempted fraud and eight counts of possessing stolen or unlawfully obtained property.

A 38-year-old woman is due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court on September 19 charged with nine counts of fraud and two attempted fraud charges.

A 33-year-old man is due to reappear in the Perth Magistrates Court on September 22 on 11 counts of fraud and one count of receiving.

A 56-year-old man is due to reappear in the Perth Magistrates Court on September 29 charged with attempted fraud.

Acting Detective Inspector Davies said the incidents should serve as a warning to everyone to be careful with how they secure and dispose of identification documents and bank statements.

“It is not safe to throw papers in the bin, as offenders go through rubbish to locate other people’s identification papers, which facilitates identity theft and fraud,'” he said.

“Businesses are reminded to be careful accepting card-not-present transactions and consider requesting additional photo identification from customers to reduce their risk of falling victim to fraud.”

Acting Detective Inspector Davies said businesses that collect other people’s identification documents should also secure those records and ensure documents were not thrown in bins or left on unattended office desks.


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