The fraudsters installed card skimmers on point-of-sale PIN pads, which copied and transmitted card information via Bluetooth. The information was then recorded on blank bank cards.
"We congratulate the RCMP on their investigation – at the same time, we recognize there are many similar organizations operating all over the world," says
Below, ProtectionPower.ca offers five tips to help all Canadians prevent and recognize this type of card fraud.
ProtectionPower.ca's 5 tips to fight credit and debit card fraud:
- Choose your ATM or point-of-purchase machine wisely. If it looks suspicious or to have been tampered with, don't use it! When possible, use the same bank machine – and choose ones located in busy areas and monitored by surveillance cameras.
- When paying in a restaurant or retail store, never let your card out of sight.
- Cover your hand when typing in your Personal Identification Number (PIN). This makes it difficult for tiny cameras – or people standing behind you – to record your password.
- Stay vigilant. The effects of fraud can be extensive and long-lasting. Check your credit report regularly. Monitor your credit card bills and bank statements for any unusual activity. Always keep your receipts.
- Consider signing up for credit monitoring through
Equifax Canadaor proactive identity monitoring through ProtectionPower.ca. Credit monitoring will alert you to any changes to your credit file; identity monitoring scans the Internet for the improper use of your vital information such as your social insurance number (SIN), bank account, and credit card information.
For more tools and resources to help you protect yourself from identity theft, visit ProtectionPower.ca.
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