Halifax Regional Police retract debit machine fraud warning

Halifax police say their earlier warning about potential fraud targeting debit machines is not a scam after all.

Police originally believed two men were trying to install devices to access information

Halifax police say their earlier warning about potential fraud targeting debit machines is not a scam after all. 

On Tuesday morning, police sent out a release describing how two well-dressed men, claiming to represent a debit machine service provider, entered at least four businesses in the city and asked about the store's debit machines.

The manager of one store was suspicious and called police.

Officers originally said they believed the two were looking for an opportunity to install devices on the machines that would give them access to customer information.

On Tuesday afternoon, they retracted that scam warning saying they now realize the salespeople were representing a legitimate business.

"We apologize for any confusion this situation has caused and thank the public, particularly local merchants and business associations, for their assistance in this matter," wrote Const. Holly Tooke in an email.


  • Based on a Halifax Regional Police release, we initially reported about how officers were warning retail business owners about a potential fraud targeting debit machines. The force has since issued a correction that, in fact, this is not a fraud scam.
    Jul 22, 2014 3:04 PM AT