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Calgary police seek 2 bank card fraud suspects

12/23/2011 10:52 EST | Updated 02/22/2012 05:12 EST

Police are looking for two men suspected of setting up a debit card skimming operation in Calgary and Canmore.

Four different bank machines were targeted in Calgary at Crowfoot Centre, Centre Street North, Marda Loop and Kensington, as well as a fifth location on Main Street in Canmore.

A pinhole camera and skimming device were installed on ATMs in order to collect the debit card data and PIN numbers, police said.

Since early November the data of at least 65 bank customers was stolen and used on cloned debit cards to make cash withdrawals worth more than $25,000, police said.

Investigators with the CPS Economic Crimes Unit and Calgary RCMP have linked the incidents to similar thefts in B.C. and Toronto over the past 18 months.

North Vancouver Police have issued Canada-wide warrants for two men: Calin Nicusor Nicula, 27 and Viorel Bratuva, 29.

Both men are believed to be in the Calgary area, police said.

Bank card fraud costs over $1 billion per year, according to the Canadian Bankers Association.

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