Hacker steals 288,000 frequent flyer points for Bali holiday


Hackers have managed to steal thousands of airpoints and dollars from a Brisbane man. Photo / 123RF

A Brisbane dad is warning others what to look out for after a cyber criminal stole 288,000 of his hard-earned frequent flyer points, tried to go on a holiday in his name – and then took a further $13,500 from his bank account.

Daniel Tsui, 47, thought something was strange in March when he checked his Virgin Australia account and saw just 10,000 frequent flyer points left on his profile.

Tsui accrued more travel points than most Australians during the pandemic because he must fly between Brisbane and Cairns every week for work.

Puzzled, he looked into his Virgin account more closely and realised that 288,000 of his points had been redeemed and spent on a hotel stay in Bali.

The problem was, he had no plans to travel to the popular tourist destination and certainly hadn’t made the booking.

Tsui told news.com.au it was lucky that he is…

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