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Credit and Debit Card Fraud

Credit cards have the greatest risk of being compromised. For example, it could happen if a waiter at a restaurant has a handheld skimmer or a cab driver has a carbon imprint of your card.  More people are also banking and shopping online. Though the risks are higher, individuals who bank online are more likely to catch frauds earlier.

To protect your credit card:

  • Check your statement monthly.
  • Notify your credit card company in advance if you are travelling.
  • Consider having your card numbers and the lost/stolen phone numbers recorded.
  • Do your online banking and shopping at secure computers only.
  • Change your PIN number on a regular basis.

To protect your debit card:

  • Use your hand to cover the number pad when you’re entering your PIN.
  • Do not give your PIN to anyone or write it on the card.
  • Watch for people who are trying to look over your shoulder.
  • Change your PIN number on a regular basis.

If you've been a victim contact your bank immediately. Then report this to the Edmonton Police Service at 780-423-4567 or #377 from your mobile phone. If you're a victim of fraud, do not be afraid to come forward. You are not alone. We are here to help you.

To report a fraud, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre online or at 1-888-495-8501.