Backpackers' savings at risk from online banking scam

Monday, 10 February 2003, 12:48 PM EST

Attackers are preying on backpackers, using internet cafes to steal thousands of dollars of travellers' savings from online bank accounts.

British fraud investigators have told Edward Crow, 23, they believe $11,000 was shifted from his British bank account two weeks ago by an attacker operating out of a cafe in Kings Cross.

The investigators believe password-stealing software was installed on a computer in one of three cafes used by Mr Crow to check his bank account in January. The cafes would have been the unaware of the software, which tracked Mr Crow's keystrokes.

Two days after transferring money from his bank account at an internet cafe, Mr Crow discovered another $11,000 had been moved into the account of a stranger.

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