Major Credit Scams Discovered in Winnipeg and Ottawa
24 June 2015
The weekend of May 15 was a busy one for the anti-fraud units of police services across the country. Two major credit card scams were discovered, with four suspects in custody and one more still on the loose.
In Winnipeg, four Vancouver residents were arrested on fraud charges after trying to use fraudulent credit cards to purchase gift cards at a store near the Sterling Lyon Parkway. An alert store employee noticed that the numbers listed on the cards they used were different from the numbers that showed up on the receipt, a common sign of altered credit cards.
The employee called the police, but by then the suspects had already moved on to another store near St. Mary’s Road and succeeded at buying gift cards using the same fraudulent cards. The fraudsters were tracked to their vehicle, parked in the 1800 block of Pembina Highway, where all four were arrested. The police found “a large number of forged payment cards” in the car, according to Global News Canada, and when they searched an address associated with the suspects, they found even more forged cards.
Constable Rob Carver of the Winnipeg Police Service credited the alert store employee for bringing the suspects to the attention of law enforcement. “That [the employee’s tip] led to the arrest. That was absolutely critical,” he said in a statement.
Charges laid against the four men include possession of property obtained by crime, unauthorized use of credit card data, being part of a criminal organization, conspiracy to commit an indictable offence and fraud under $5,000.
Meanwhile, in Ottawa, the police service’s fraud unit is still searching for a man wanted for more than 50 incidents of fraud that took place between February and May of this year.
The man, a 45-year-old Ottawa resident named Jody Faucher, is “known to [the police] for fraud crimes in the past,” according to fraud unit Staff Sergeant Stephanie Burns. In the most recent incidents, he has been using stolen credit card numbers to order from small businesses that take credit card payments over the phone. This allows him to use the stolen numbers without having to go to the trouble of actually manufacturing fake credit cards.
In an unusual twist that displays surprising boldness on Faucher’s part, he often asks for cash to be included inside the orders as “a surprise for the person” he supposedly intends to give them to. This can come in the form of an envelope in a bouquet or even actual bills baked inside a cake. He pays the extra amount for the cash component over the phone, but since the credit cards he uses are stolen, the companies he scams end up not being paid back for either the original order or the included cash.
Police are asking for help locating Faucher, who is a white male about 5’6″, 180 pounds, dark-haired, with an acne-scarred face.
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