The owners of the ripped out stores warned others to beware of an alleged Eftpos scam that involves the theft of credit cards.
It is alleged that a group of bandits in Western Australia used a simple technique to bypass payment, and at least two Perth camera stores were cheated by a combination of $ 36,000.
Western Australia police were investigating a series of frauds allegedly occurring in July and August, which were believed to be related.
The CCTV images from a Camera House store in Perth showed two women at the counter after committing to purchases valued at $ 15,000.
The owner of the Camera House store, Liddio (pictured) was completely destroyed & # 39; after his store was swindled for $ 15,000 in a supposed Eftpos scam.
A woman put a card in the Eftpos machine but did not push it completely, so she did not register.
In front of the unconscious clerks, she allegedly canceled the transaction and instead manually typed in a stolen credit card number, which was approved.
"Anyone from across Australia is at risk from this situation," the store owner, Liddio, told A Current Affair.
Western Australia police are investigating a series of alleged recent fraud related to stolen credit cards
Liddio, who has been in retail for many years, was "completely shattered" & # 39; for the supposed theft.
Russell, another owner of the Perth camera store and his employee Cooper also claimed that they were allegedly cheated by the same group with the scam.
The security images showed a woman allegedly punching 16 digits of a stolen credit card while her accomplice distracted Cooper from watching the brazen robbery in front of his eyes.
The women left the store with $ 21,000 of supposedly stolen high-end camera equipment.
Russell contacted Commonwealth Bank to recover the $ 21,000 but was told that the Eftpos machines could not be protected from the alleged fraud and that it was up to the seller to observe what the customer was doing.
The owner of Perth's camera store, Russell (left), pictured with employee Cooper, was also allegedly injured by the Eftpos scam.
Now he is very concerned about the possible impact on his financial situation.
"It's like having your guts kicked when you're depressed, it hurts, it hurts financially," Russell said.
"I do not think it's a good enough answer, it limits with an admission of Commonwealth Bank responsibility.
Fortunately for Liddio, he was able to obtain passwords at the oldest NAB Eftpos terminals in his store to avoid being bitten by the scam again.
A spokesman for Commonwealth Bank told Daily Mail Australia that merchants agree to take responsibility for the terminal's misuse, including fraudulent activity, as part of their agreement with the bank.
Russell has to accept responsibility for the losses due to the recently installed Commonwealth Bank Eftpos terminal of his store (stock image)
"CBA carries out education and awareness programs with its merchant customers in the use of the terminal, including scenarios that involve fraud," he said.
"Given the increase in the fraudulent use of manual function throughout the industry, and the frequent acceptance of contactless transactions, CBA is currently reviewing how it can further help merchants to mitigate the exploitation of manual function."