Medicine Hat, Alberta Male Charged with Multiple Fraud Offences in Fort McMurray

Fort McMurray, Alberta – A male has been charged with a total of 18 offences after police entered into multiple investigations, primarily involving fraud offences.

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Justin Michael Craig, a 32 year old man of Medicine Hat Ab, was arrested on December 23rd, 2016. Police began investigations on December 11th, when Craig fraudulently used credit cards, among other offences. Police investigated a total of five investigations before Craig could be located and arrested. The Criminal Code offences he has been charged with include, but are not limited to: identity fraud, credit card fraud, failing to comply with release conditions, and driving offences.

Outstanding warrants from Medicine Hat, Redcliff, and Calgary were also executed.

Craig remains in custody, pending his first court appearance on January 16th, 2016.

Police would like to caution local businesses against allowing customers to manually enter credit card numbers when they are making a purchase, as this may allow the customer to bypass security features that are generally included in physical credit cards. The swipe or chip function of a credit card may indicate a malfunction, and the individual will then request the manual entry. The card number may initially be accepted, but the business will be charged back once the number is processed.

To report any scam, you can contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

Scams should also be reported to the Wood Buffalo RCMP at (780) 788-4000. If you would like to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or on the internet at www.tipsubmit.com. You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s), you may be eligible for a cash reward.

Wood Buffalo RCMP


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