On May 25, a 23-year-old man contacted Halifax Regional Police after noticing his debit card missing and subsequently, money missing from his bank account. The investigation revealed that the victim was in downtown Halifax in the early morning hours of May 22, when he was approached by a woman portraying herself as experiencing homelessness and hunger.
- Never share your PIN with anyone or keep a copy of it in your wallet/purse. Your PIN is considered confidential and should be treated that way.
- Examine your bank statements frequently and note any unusual or unaccounted activity.
- Notify the bank or financial institution if you suspect someone has tampered with your account.
- Change your PIN if you suspect someone has accessed your account.
- Protect your PIN when using bank machines by using the “hover and cover” technique – hover over the bank machine and cover the keypad to prevent someone from observing your key strokes or recording your PIN.
Investigators believe there may be more victims who have been defrauded in a similar manner. If you believe you have been the victim of a fraud, please call the Financial Crime Unit at 902-490-1985. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip – Tip 202 + your message to 274637