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Oceanside RCMP search for debit card scam suspect

Feb 06 2012

Oceanside RCMP are looking for a man who they believe is behind a recent debit card scam in Qualicum Beach.

The man was seen on surveillance cameras removing card readers from an ATM at a downtown bank.

An employee at a Royal Bank of Canada branch on Second Avenue discovered a card reader at the ATM and reported it to police Saturday afternoon.

The device had already been removed when police arrived, but officers canvassed the downtown area and found a card reader and miniature camera installed in a nearby CIBC ATM.

Surveillance images from the Royal Bank show a man in a black toque, black jacket and blue jeans removing the device, according to a police report.

These card reading devices store people’s electronic banking information while the cameras collect their personal identification numbers. Criminals then replicate the bank card, gaining access to people’s accounts.

Police continue to work with both banks to determine the number of potential victims, according to the news release from the Mounties.

They are asking anyone who has used the ATM machines at either bank to review their account records and report any issues.

Anyone with information on the man’s identity is asked to call the Oceanside RCMP at 250-248-6111, or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).