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Credit fraud targets Salmar
Patrons of the Salmar Grand Theatre can rest easy when using their credit cards to make purchases at the movies.
A few weeks ago, the systems at the community-owned operation were compromised and a number of patrons found their credit cards were used fraudulently.
A number of patrons looked at their statements and traced the possible site of the card skimming to the Salmar Theatre.
“We got two to three calls and so our manager immediately called in some I.T. specialists to check out our system, and it became apparent that it had been hacked,” said Bernd Hermanski, a Salmar director.
“Unfortunately, we could not tell where this originated, however, the system has now been locked down and additional security precautions added, and there have been no issues since.”
Hermanski says the computer specialists could tell that hackers were still trying to penetrate the Salmar’s computer systems, but were unable to get past the new security features.
The RCMP are investigating the incident and have opened a file, however, it is a difficult crime to track.
While the victims may appear to be banks or credit card companies, police point out that losses due to credit card fraud are eventually passed down to the consumer.
They recommend contacting your bank or credit card company immediately if you suspect your card has been compromised. Often, it is the credit card companies themselves who alert clients to fraud, due to unusual spending patterns or locations.
Some of the fraudulent charges were made in the Lower Mainland.