UPDATE: July 17 – Third man arrested this week!
(CMR) Police have now further confirmed that on Thursday, 9 July, officers arrested two men, both age 26 of George Town, on suspicion of obtaining property by deception.
On 15 July, a third man, age 27 of George Town, was arrested on suspicion of the same offense. The arrests stem from a series of fraudulent credit card transactions that are suspected to have been carried out by the men, using stolen card information obtained from credit card details provided during legitimate (often telephone) transactions. One of the men remains in custody, while the other two have been granted bail as investigations continue.
The RCIPS Financial Crime Unit is advising the public to pay close attention to their credit and debit card statements. Anyone who notices suspicious or unauthorized transactions is advised to contact the RCIPS Financial Crime Investigation Unit at [email protected], in addition to informing your bank.
The FCIU is also reminding the public to exercise caution when conducting credit card transactions. When paying for purchases, avoid allowing persons to walk out of sight with your credit card, especially for extended periods. Persons should also be extremely cautious about giving credit card information over the phone. If you have any reason to be suspicious, monitor your credit and debit card transactions carefully, and immediately report any unauthorized purchases to your bank and to the RCIPS FCIU at the email address above.
(CMR) Thursday evening two men were arrested by the Financial Crimes Investigation Unit (FCIU) of the RCIPS after attempting to conduct a credit card transaction at a business located in Bay Town Plaza off West Bay Road. The men have been taken off the streets after an astute clerk contacted the police.
CMR was first alerted of the incident after 6:00 pm on Thursday, June 9 by an eyewitness at the scene. The police confirmed the incident by early Friday morning acknowledging that the two were observed acting suspiciously by a cashier in a local business. The business had already been a victim of credit card fraud the previous week.
FCIU immediately responded to the location and made the arrests. It was confirmed that the men are work permit holders who were in possession of a number of credit cards believed to be stolen and previously used in fraudulent transactions on the island.
Investigations are at a preliminary stage but the RCIPS thanked and commended the cashier for raising the suspicion and contacting them.