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REPORTING · 23rd April 2010
Merv Ritchie
Many Terrace residents were unable to use their bank cards after the weekend due to an event which is called skimming. Hundreds of cards were affected. It seems that some retail outlet had an electronic scanner involved in making small transactions after the customer used their bank or credit card for a purchase.

A customer at CIBC reported to us they were told over 300 customers required a reset of their PIN numbers. A Scotia Bank customer reported the same, our own staff who banks at BMO also encountered this and we personally witnessed a TD customer complain of the same issue; a non working PIN number, although the staff at the TD claim no knowledge of this event.

Accounts were frozen or reduced to minimum withdrawal limits.

A local bank employee, who wishes anonymity, reported all banks were affected and so, as a precaution, any client whose card might possibly have been affected was frozen. It is also reported that skimming activity took place on the weekend, that both credit cards and debit cards were affected and very few clients accounts were compromised.

The majority of those whose PIN numbers were canceled, had them canceled as a precaution only.