North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP is warning the public about a man they suspect is approaching people in crowds and using a small device to read the electronic information on their debit and credit cards.
They believe he was engaged in so-called skimming when they received numerous reports about his behaviour at a recent fair.
A man in his late twenties was reported to be walking very close to people and targeting their purses and wallets.
You wouldn’t even know your information was stolen until you started getting unfamiliar charges on your credit card or unauthorized withdrawals from your bank account, said Cpl. Krista Hobday.
North Cowichan/Duncan Officers flooded the area on foot looking for the suspect Friday night.
He is described as being Caucasian, in his late twenties, with brown hair and scruffy facial hair.
He was wearing a white t-shirt, grey and silver shorts, a white and grey ball cap, and has numerous tattoos on his arms.