Gambler’s card lands him in jail

HE came to Australia with one purpose to gamble his way through Christmas.

But in two days, Malaysian holidaymaker Hoo Foo Lim was in jail after becoming an inadvertent "mule" for an elaborate credit card fraud syndicate.

Yesterday Lim, 62, a retired building site manager, was jailed for six months after being found guilty of 12 fraud charges.

He admitted knowing it was wrong to use fake credit cards to buy $3000 in gift vouchers from David Jones in Castle Towers Shopping Centre, in Sydney ’s west, but said he was targeted by a fraudster outside Star City Casino minutes after losing $3000 his entire holiday budget in one gambling session.

He said a man named Sam outside the casino asked him: "Do you need help?" Magistrate James Garbett said credit card fraud was at "plague proportions" and sentenced Lim to a maximum of one year in jail.

Daily Telegraph,

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