Business beware: Shoppers with fraudulent credit cards are targeting locals

City police are warning local businesses of a scam involving fraudulent credit cards.


The Thunder Bay Police Department is warning the community about a potential scam involving fraudulent credit cards that could target local businesses.

In one incident, a local business was contacted by phone by a suspected interested Toronto buyer in December. The buyer provided the store with a credit card and photo ID when purchasing.

A purchase of goods totaling over CAN$32,000 has been completed and the products have since been delivered.

The company later learned that the buyer had used the credit cards fraudulently and as a result the company suffered the loss.

The Thunder Bay Police Department Economic Crimes Unit would like to remind businesses to take extra precautions when processing credit card purchases over the phone. It is best to contact the bank directly to inquire about the validity of a credit card before making a transaction.

Business owners and managers are strongly encouraged to review their training and best practices with staff regarding accepting credit cards over the phone.

For more information on the various frauds and scams that may be circulating, please visit the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center online at:

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