Edmonton jewellery store owner issues warning over alleged fraud attempt

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An Edmonton jewellery store owner has released security footage in an effort to raise awareness of an alleged fraud attempt, and to help identify the three individuals who appear to be involved.

Carmen Kostiuk, the owner of Fine-Line Jewellers in Edmonton, said two women and a man walked into her store on Tuesday and browsed at the collection. The man focused in on some watches and picked one out without trying it on.

Photo via Fine-Line Jewellers

In the video, Kostiuk could be seen taking out the debit machine and turning it towards the man so he could pay. He can be seen taking out a card and inserting it in the machine, but not all the way.

Kostiuk said one of the women tried to distract her but she remained focused on the man, who she said punched in more than four numbers into the machine. She said he used a white ‘Admin’ card, which allows businesses to process credit card payments without a physical card present.

Kostiuk reported the three individuals to the police once they left the store.

Read more at CTV News Edmonton

This article is summarized by Canadian Fraud News Inc.