The Saskatoon Police Service would like to remind the community about being aware of their surroundings and to not leave their wallets or purses unattended. The Economic Crime Unit has observed an increase in the number of reports of frauds involving the ‘tap to pay’ feature on bank cards.
In one recent file reported to Police, a woman was loading purchases into her vehicle at a store on Betts Avenue when she was approached by a man who claimed there was an issue with her rear tire. The woman exited her vehicle, leaving her purse on the front seat. While she was inspecting the tire, a second man entered her vehicle and stole her credit cards. The victim did not notice the theft until she returned home. During that time, the cards had been used at multiple locations.
With the 'tap to pay' feature, limits are generally set low (between $50-100), however, the number of transactions permitted varies.
People are advised to not leave their possessions unattended and be aware of their surroundings. People can also contact their banks to review the limits to their 'tap to pay' cards and the number of transactions permitted.