Police allege fraud at GT retail store

Two men arrested on suspicion of fraud last Thursday have been charged and are due to appear in Grand Court this week.

The men, Malaysian nationals aged 30 and 50, were arrested after police responded to a report of credit card fraud at a George Town retail store on Oct. 5. A large number of credit cards and jewelry valued at US$200,000 were recovered by police during the arrest.

The two men were both charged Monday afternoon with obtaining a money transfer by deception and attempting to obtain a money transfer by deception and were taken before the Summary Court. They have been remanded and are expected to appear in Grand Court on Friday.

Royal Cayman Islands Police Inspector Ian Lavine advises staff of local stores to continue to be vigilant for fraudsters.

“The staff within this particular store noticed that something wasn’t quite right with the card being tendered,” Mr. Lavine said. “They immediately called the Financial Crime Unit and subsequent enquiries led to the swift apprehension of the suspects.

“Store staff should always take time to verify that the customer’s name and signature match that on the credit card and should always ask for the card to be accompanied by photo identification, such as a driving license or a passport.”