Credit card fraud keeps police busy
Published Thursday, January 24, 2013 4:06PM EST
Last Updated Thursday, January 24, 2013 6:31PM EST
Waterloo Regional Police say they’ve recently arrested a Toronto man in a case involving fake credit cards.
This follows a number of arrests in Toronto related to the same case, and police say they’re not done their investigation into the elaborately created spoof cards.
“They were acquiring gift cards prepaid, and then … they would heat the card and eras the number that was stamped on the front, and then emboss it with data that would make it look like a credit card because it has the logo on the front,” said Sgt. Robert Cowan.
A number of these fake credit cards were recently seized with a search warrant at a Cambridge hotel. An embossing machine was found in the hotel room, police say.
According to Cowan, other people would then be tasked with breaking into houses to acquire residents’ credit card information, which would then be transferred onto the fake cards.
Several police agencies across Ontario are involved in the case.
Closer to home, police are also looking into two people who are suspected of using a stolen credit card to make a purchase at a Kitchener convenience store.
Security camera footage shows a man and woman entering a Mac’s Milk convenience store at Victoria Street and Lancaster Street on Dec. 17.
“In this particular incident, the cards that were used in the purchase were believed to have been taken from a car that was broken into just a short time before,” said police spokesperson Olaf Heinzel.
The man is described as white, 5’11” and 210 pounds and between 16 and 22 years old. He has a medium build and was wearing a red and black winter hat, a multi-coloured zip-up jacket, beige pans and beige winter boots.
The woman is described as white, 5’6” and 145 pounds and between 24 and 27 years old. She has dark brown hair and was wearing glasses, a dark sweater and dark pants.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 519-653-7700 ext. 6399.
Waterloo Regional Police headquarters is seen on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012.
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