Consumers are being urged to be vigilant swiping their bank cards when making purchases.
Lloydminster RCMP have received several complaints regarding unauthorized debits on personal bank accounts. It appears as though the bank cards were skimmed at different locations in and out of the city over the past few months.
The thieves have just recently began using the information that was collected. The amount debited from each account is around $400 per transaction.
If you are a victim of this type of crime, the RCMP said it should be reported to your bank first, then to the police. Bank statements and transaction receipts will be required for the investigation.
“The Lloydminster RCMP want to remind the public to protect your pin numbers while completing a transaction, if the thief does not have this number they are unable to utilize the debit card number,” said Const. Grant Kirzinger. “We also want to remind people to check their bank accounts regularly, especially around this time of year as you may not notice money may be missing right away.”