On Thursday, 9 July, officers arrested two men, both age 26 of George Town, on suspicion of obtaining property by deception. Yesterday, 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 play 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 RCIPS.FCU@rcips.ky, 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.