Credit and debit card skimmers have been found at three compass vending machines in Metro Vancouver, and transit police are currently investigating.
Card skimming devices are used to obtain personal information – such as your credit card number – from the card used for payment.
Metro Vancouver Transit Police are warning people to keep an eye out for card skimmers and check with their bank if they’ve used any of the compromised vending machines at Canada Line stations.
The three different map skimmers that were found are now “under forensic analysis,” transit police said at output.
Police do not yet know if any card data has been stolen, but said as a precaution anyone who used a debit or credit card at train stations – during times when the card skimmers were there – should “check with their financial institution to make sure their cards haven’t been compromised.”
Map skimmers have been found at the following stations:
- Marine Drive Station on Thursday, March 24, between 6:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
- Vancouver City Center Station on Thursday, March 31, between 5 a.m. and 12 p.m.
- YVR Airport Station between 12:00 p.m. Thursday, March 31 and 8:00 a.m. Friday, April 1
The devices have been inserted into vending machines, and police are asking the public to help search for anything that might be there.
“An unmodified CVM has a black camera above the PIN pad. A CVM with a skimmer has the black camera covered and a hole for a pinhole camera instead,” police said.
“The material used to cover the existing camera may also peel off the surface of the CVM or show traces of glue or tape,” they added.
Card skimmer found on Compass ATMs in Metro Vancouver.Metro Vancouver Transit Police
If you spot a map skimmer on a CVM, they’ve asked you not to touch it and report it to a station attendant or the transit police by calling 604-515-8300.