Asks public to help identify men seen in photos
The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is warning the general public against people stealing their bank card information and PIN number.
The RNC is also asking the public to help identify the individuals seen in released photos.
Recently the RNC economic crime unit has become aware of incidents of bank card skimming in the Northeast Avalon area.
Bank card skimming occurs when a person's card is swiped or read by a card reader unknown by the card owner.
Card readers come in many sizes, shapes and designs and can operate independently or can be added to an Automated Teller Machine and appear as if it is part of the machine. When the user places their card in the machine, it passes through the skimmer and the card information is read and stored on the skimmer.
If the card holder is watched either in person or by video surveillance as they enter their personal identification number, the criminal now has all the information needed to access the card holders personal bank accounts. It is very important to always protect your PIN.
Late today, the RNC became aware that there has been more than three dozen fraudulent transactions in this area that were conducted with stolen information.
The RNC are working closely with the financial institutions involved and are continuing to investigate.
All card holders are encouraged to check their account activity against their card use and to immediately contact their financial institution to report any account concerns.
Anyone with any information in relation to this activity or to the identity of the people pictured in the photographs are asked to contact the RNC at 729-8000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). You can provide information on the NL Crime Stoppers Website at www.rocktips.ca.