Police issue credit card scam alert

A credit card scam alert has been sounded by the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF)

The Major Crimes Unit of the RSLPF has disclosed that criminals are now in possession of devices that can read the magnetic strip of any card as well as small cameras which they can affix to ATM or other such machines.

According to the police, the way the credit card scam works is that cameras can record the input of PIN numbers while the reader can collect personal information that is stored on the magnetic strip of a credit or debit card.

Acting Corporal Calious Dantes explained that having collected the information, a criminal can then transfer the information to another card in the comfort of his home using a laptop computer and a device called a card reader/writer.

According to information obtained by the Times, the criminals are able to transfer people’s personal information to cards they have wiped clean – such as discount cards used at supermarkets and which contain a magnetic strip at the back.

The cards to which the information has been transferred can then be used at an ATM machine.

“They create a new card to steal your money,” Acting Corporal Dantes told the MBC Television programme – Police Insight, during which some of the devices were displayed.



Local banks are reported to be on high alert for the crooks.

Police here have reported that 429 cases of fraud and forgeries were reported in the North of the Island in 2013, 208 of which were solved.

The number of reports dropped to 98 in 2014, of which 53 were solved.

Last year there were 400 reports of which 120 were solved.

The Police have disclosed that younger persons are now becoming involved in cases of fraud.

Acting Corporal Dantes told Police Insight on Monday night that the youngest fraudster encountered to date was aged between fourteen and fifteen years old.


  1. greta
    November 16, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Check Jeff Tee Annette

    1. Anonymous
      November 16, 2016 at 12:57 pm

      So why u didn’t call the police? Switeyezze

  2. Anonymous
    November 16, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    The police is aware of these crimes a while now
    Never did anything about it
    So why all the fuss now

    1. Anonymous
      November 16, 2016 at 4:58 pm

      A white tourist must have been a victim

      1. Calvin
        November 17, 2016 at 11:35 am

        True dat.

  3. Tracey
    November 17, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Bosco from vf. That’s rampant in vf. Everyone knows who’s doing it

  4. Calvin
    November 17, 2016 at 11:53 am

    One of the ways to mitigate one’s debit card risk on this is to two accounts. hen getting the card programmed at the bank, have it programmed to access one of the accounts and not the other.

    For the account that’s accessible by the debit card, only keep in it the money that you’ll need for the week, simply visit the bank in person once a week to do the transfer from the larger account to the debit card accessible account.

    Also, when having the card programmed at the bank, have them program in a daily withdrawal limit.
    Here are some useful sites: