Four Canadians held in debit card fraud investigation

Judicial police picked up four Canadians Wednesday and said that they were in Costa Rica engaging in fraud with cloned credit cards, mainly from Canadian victims.

Investigators had been following the four for five days after being tipped to a possible problem by  local bank workers.

The Canadian debit cards were being used in automatic tellers in Escazú, San José, Tibás and Santa Ana, said the Judicial Investigating Organization.

The bank workers became suspicious when a number of credit cards were retained by the machines, agents said.

The judicial agency said that nearly $48,000 in cash was in the vehicle when agents stopped it about 1 p.m. in La Sabana. The men were between 25 and 36 years of age, the agency added.

Agents also found cloned debit cards, they said.

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