A recent report out of Lumsden, Saskatchewan (August 2011) has the Regina Police Service reminding the business community and the public that a regular “status check” is a good idea when it comes to protecting PIN-pads and personal financial information.
Regina has no reports so far this year of fraud through the use of fake PIN-pads or electronic card-readers known as “skimmers”. However, earlier this year the Saskatoon Police Service released that they had at least six businesses around the city (Saskatoon) that were the targets of pin pad thefts and switches in early May 2011. From experience, police recognize that these types of crimes are often committed by suspects who travel from one urban centre to another, often just a few steps ahead of law enforcement.
Regina business owners are reminded to check their credit card readers and other transaction equipment regularly for any signs of tampering. Make sure employees are aware that suspects may use distraction to create the opportunity for another suspect to switch PIN-pads. Individual consumers should always check credit card statements and, if fraudulent activity is noted, contact their financial institutions and the police.