A number of RCMP detachments across the province have recently received numerous complaints from businesses who have been the victims of bank and credit card fraud.
In each case, a man entered the establishments and attempted to use a damaged card and when it was declined, clerks permitted the man to manually enter a number into the point of sale machine. It was later determined that the number was obtained from stolen cards. Most purchases were for electronics, building materials, power tools, prepaid credit cards and gift cards.
The investigations have led to the arrest of a 28-year old man from Sandringham who is facing a number of fraud-related charges. He has been released from custody and is scheduled to re-appear in Gander Provincial Court on February 21, 2017
Retailers are encouraged to discuss bank and credit card procedures with their employees. Police recommend that clerks verify the name on the card, check for identification and not permitting customers to manually enter lengthy card numbers into the point of sale terminal.
If suspicious transactions are identified, they should be refused and police contacted immediately to prevent further fraudulent activity.
These frauds are wide-ranging in the province and many businesses may be unaware that they have been targeted. If any retailer suspects that they have been the victim of this type of activity, they are encouraged to call their local RCMP detachment or the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary.
If you have any information concerning this or any other crime and wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers toll free at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), text TIP190 + your message to 'CRIMES' (274637), or at www.nlcrimestoppers.com.