At least 30 Australians have had their client details stolen and sold to a crime syndicate in Sydney.

The person at the centre of the investigation is a Filipino call centre worker who is also being charged with stealing $1 million from Australian Citibank customers.

The syndicate used the stolen client information to obtain credit cards and bank loans.

The fraud was uncovered when officers from the St George Local Area Command stopped and searched a vehicle in Beverly Hills over a fortnight ago.

Their search uncovered documents not matching the driver or passengers and were traced back to Citibank customers who had already reported suspect transactions on their accounts.

In a co-operative co-operative investigation between the Fraud and Cybercrime squads, police were able to trace the transactions back to a call centre in the Philippines.

St George LAC Commander superintendent Dave Donohue spoke to The Daily Telegraph about the incigdent: “Personally and professionally it’s very alarming that personal information is being sold by the very people you truyst to keep it secure and they are using it for fraudulent transactions.

“If this isn’t a wake-up call to financial institutions, I don’t know what is.”

The police raided two homes in Liverpool and West Hoxton in the early hours of Monday morning. Four men, aged 23, 29, 33, and 38 were arrested and taken to Liverpool Police station where they were charged with fraud offences and dealing with the proceeds of crime.

A Citibank cpokesman said they identified the fraud and reported it immediately to the NSW Police Fraud Squad.

“We are cooperating fully with the police investigation and are satisfied that all those responsible have been identified.

“Citibank places the highest importance on security and maintains a zero tolerance for fraud of any kind. Customers will not be financially impacted by any unauthjorised activity as a result of this fraud. As these mattersw are now before the court it is not appropriate for Citi to make further comment.”

Detectivesw are now widening their investigation to find out whether custom details from other financial institutions have also been compromised. They are working with peers overseas to find the person responsible for selling the information.

Police urge all banking customers to check their financial statements regularly and report any suspicious activity to their financial institution immediately.

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