–RCMP media release, BC-wide
In celebration of Fraud Awareness Month, the BC RCMP would like to remind and warn merchants of the ongoing use of counterfeit credit cards.
Over the last couple of months, RCMP from different communities in BC have received reports of suspicious individuals using credit cards, some prepaid, to purchase large amounts of lottery tickets or various miscellaneous items. In some cases, criminals were swiping the credit cards in the terminals instead of inserting the chip, to avoid detection that the credit cards had different numbers from the transaction receipts.
Be aware of these common tactics used by criminals who are using counterfeit credit cards:
- Purchase items in large volumes;
- Avoid using the chip function on their credit cards;
- Seem to be excessively talkative or nervous in order to preoccupy merchant;
- Make attempts to rush transactions;
- Use more than one credit card to charge an expensive item.
The best defense against falling victim to fraud is awareness, coupled with education on how to protect yourself. The RCMP encourages merchants to follow these safety tips:
- Process each transaction diligently, particularly from individuals acting suspiciously, by asking for secondary identification;
- Refuse to sell to anyone who does not or cannot provide a secondary identification;
- Always check the credit card number on the transaction receipt and verify that they match the card used on your point of sale terminal;
- Be wary of shoppers or an accomplice who try to distract employees at the cash register;
- Note down descriptions of suspicious individuals and details of activities and report to police.
For more information on frauds and how to protect yourself, please visit:
“E” Division Communication Services
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