Transit police warn against skimming debit/credit cards from compass vending machines at rapid transit stations

One or more scammers attempt to defraud customers’ financial information at certain Canada Line stations.

On April 1, Metro Vancouver Transit Police announced that three debit/credit card skimmers were discovered in Compass vending machines.

“As seen in the photos, an unmodified CVM has a black camera above the pin pad,” Transit Police said in a press release. “A CVM with a skimmer has the black camera covered and a hole for a pinhole camera instead. The material used to cover the existing camera may also peel off the surface of the CVM or show traces of glue or tape. .”

Anyone who sees a modified CVM is urged to report it to a station attendant or contact the Transit Police by phone at 604-515-8300 or text at 87.77.77.

Out of “abundance of caution”, the transport police are encouraging anyone who has used a credit or debit card at the following stations and times to check with their financial institutions to ensure that their cards have not been hacked.

  • Marine Drive Station on Thursday, March 24, between 6:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
  • Vancouver City Center Station on Thursday, March 31, between 5 a.m. and 12 p.m.
  • YVR Airport Station between 12:00 p.m. Thursday, March 31 and 8:00 a.m. Friday, April 1
This is what an unmodified compass vending machine looks like.
Transit Police


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