Police have made 13 arrests related to Opus cards, or rechargeable tranist passes, that have been topped up with fake credit cards. (Apr. 1, 2009)
From CTV News:
Police have arrested 13 people for allegedly topping up the public transit Opus cards using fake or cloned credit cards.
The arrests for fraud happened over the past three weeks.
Police say the thieves would buy the blank Opus cards for $3.50 each, and then go to one of the automatic machines to charge the card with a fraudulent credit card.
A few weeks ago, banks started noticing more cards being topped up with fake or cloned credit cards.
"It's really very simple for someone who has the knowledge and the equipment to reproduce magnetic cards," said Rene Allard with the Montreal Police.
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Update: Montreal police uncover fraud related to transit smart cards -- CBC