Australian model Anei Dut scams Chemist Warehouse: Camilla and Marc Jack London Tommy Hilfiger
Top Aussie model – once voted ‘third most handsome man in the world’ – is exposed for his shocking Chemist Warehouse scam – and the stupid mistake that led to his arrest
- Australian model caught in credit card theft scam pleads guilty to six charges
- Anei Dut, 27, has scammed a string of Chemist Warehouse stores in Sydney
- He has modeled for major brands including Camilla and Marc, Tommy Hilfiger
A fashion model dubbed South Sudan’s third most handsome man has been caught stealing credit card information and robbing pharmacy shops in Sydney.
Anei Dut, 27, walked the runway for some of the world’s hottest designers, including Camilla and Marc, Jack London, Tommy Hilfiger and Caliber – but this week he pleaded guilty to six counts of fraud in the Newtown Local Court.
The fashionista, who moved to Australia in 2003 after fleeing the war in South Sudan, admitted to stealing credit card numbers from 19 people after browsing illegal websites selling their personal information.
Anei Dut, 27 (pictured), has walked the catwalk for some of the world’s hottest designers, including Camilla and Marc, Jack London, Tommy Hilfiger and Caliber
Dut (pictured at Australian Fashion Week 2017) pleaded guilty to six counts of fraud in Newtown local court
How the fashionista scam worked
Anei Dut bought stolen credit card information from illegal websites that acted as a marketplace for fraudsters.
The model would then visit Chemist Warehouse stores in Sydney and pick up a large number of expensive items.
Shortly after, he would go back to the store and return the goods, asking the staff to refund the purchase price to his own personal Westpac account.
The scam was reversed when financial institutions and their clients alerted the police, along with Chemist Warehouse.
In March 2021, he defrauded the pharmacy chain by visiting various stores and buying bulk items by manually entering details of the stolen credit cards, the Daily Telegraph reported.
He would later return the goods and ask for a refund to his personal Westpac account.
Once Chemist Warehouse and clients of financial institutions Caixa, JP Morgan, Capital One and OCBC Bank became aware of the scam, an investigation was launched by NSW Police.
Investigators quickly identified Dut on CCTV and the Sydneysider was arrested.
Police told the court that when they seized his cell phone, he opened a tab to a website called ‘CCVstore.net’ and items in an online shopping cart.
Dut was named South Sudan’s third most handsome man in the world by an African publication
The scammer marketplace sells credit card numbers along with their expiration dates and CVV numbers.
The court heard that Dut also shared six of the 19 credit card numbers with a third party via text message.
Although Dut is a popular model, he also has a number of criminal offenses to his name.
He was convicted of assault in 2013 and was revoked in 2016 and 2020 for drink-driving and getting behind the wheel with a revoked driver’s license.
Dude is currently serving an intensive correction order for violation of a restraining order.
The fashionista who moved to Australia in 2003 admitted to stealing credit card numbers from 19 people after browsing illegal websites selling the personal information.
Dut, who modeled for David Jones at major fashion shows before signing with the prestigious Chadwick Models agency as a teenager, told the Herald Sun in 2016 that he wanted to inspire other Sudanese-born Australians to believe that “anything is possible.”
He will return to Newtown Court on June 28, where he will face six charges for using identity information to commit a criminal offence.