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NCJ Number: 158311 Find in a Library
Title: Payment Card Unit
Journal: Gazette  Volume:57  Issue:10  Dated:(October 1995)  Pages:17-21
Corporate Author: Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0R2, Canada
Type: Report (Technical)
Format: Article
Language: English; French
Country: Canada
Annotation: The Payment Card Unit (PCU) of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is structured to determine the authenticity of suspect payment cards and to determine if the cards have been altered.
Abstract: In addition, the PCU issues forensic laboratory reports, classifies new counterfeit payment cards, maintains a database of statistics on counterfeit and altered payment card activity, provides expert evidence in criminal courts, and assists Canadian and international police agencies. Basic components of payment cards are analyzed to highlight features that will assist in detecting counterfeit and altered cards. Such components include the plastic substrate, the magnetic stripe, holograms, and the signature panel. Elements that identify a particular payment card are noted, and procedures for the forensic examination of payment cards are described. 6 photographs
Main Term(s): World criminology
Index Term(s): ATM-related crimes; Bank fraud; Canada; Credit card fraud; Crime in foreign countries; Foreign police; Forensic sciences; Royal Canadian Mounted Police; Science and Technology
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