Clearwater RCMP warn local businesses of possible credit card scam

Staff are warned not to intervene but to record any descriptions including vehicle and license plate

  • Jul. 5, 2018 1:34 p.m.

On July 4 a local business called Clearwater RCMP with a complaint of two men possibly trying to pull off a credit card scam.

The two men were using a credit/debit card to buy a money order for $850 at the post office section of the business.

The transaction went through, but the staff noticed on the receipt the card was a Visa—the store has a policy not allowing money orders or other purchases for Canada Post to be paid for with a Visa.

The employee of the business refunded the cash, but the men switched the card without the employee noticing.

The one man was constantly talking to distract the employee and the $850 refund was put onto a different debit card.

It’s also worth noting the credit card hadn’t been flagged as stolen.

The men then bought a coin and chain for $119, went to the front counter and made another purchase, but it’s unknown which card had been used.

One of the men is described as having dark skin, shoulder length black hair, a medium build and a sleeve of black and grey tattoos on his right arm.

He also had a black and grey tattoo on his inner left forearm and was wearing a white short sleeve t-shirt.

He had black track pants on and black runners with white laces, wearing sunglasses the entire time.

The second suspect is described as being olive skinned with short black hair, also with a moderate build.

He wore a blue, red and white striped short sleeve shirt, brown cargo shorts and black runners.

He had no visible tattoos.

Anyone with questions or information is asked to contact Cst. Seidl at 250-674-2237

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