Police move to take down debit-card cloning ring

Victims were parking meter users

Montreal police moved today to take down a debit-card fraud ring, which targeted users of parking meters in Montreal.

The crooks would set up cloning devices on payment boxes to steal the information contained on the card's magnetic strip. They would then clone the cards, and use them — mainly at service stations to buy gasoline.

Police suggest the number of people victimized by the ring could be in the hundreds.

They were due to conduct a total of nine raids on homes and cars this morning, and they were looking to make three arrests. As of 11 a.m., two people have been brought into custody.

Police advising people to pay attention to their monthly statements — and to pay attention if they notice anything suspicious about the places where they use their debit or credit cards.

An anonymous tip to police last fall led them to being their investigation.

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  1. ric posted on 01/15/2014 12:49 PM
    This cloning is now a weekly if not daily occurrence. Obviously the punishment doesn't fit the crime. They should be made to pay back double the amount stolen and serious jail time.
    It would be useful if the public were instructed on how to spot cloning and other fraudulent devices at ATM and other such machines.
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