Canadian Criminal Law/Offences/Theft and Forgery of a Credit Card
Theft, forgery, etc., of credit card
342. (1) Every person who
- (a) steals a credit card,
- (b) forges or falsifies a credit card,
- (c) possesses, uses or traffics in a credit card or a forged or falsified credit card, knowing that it was obtained, made or altered
- (i) by the commission in Canada of an offence, or
- (ii) by an act or omission anywhere that, if it had occurred in Canada, would have constituted an offence,
- (d) uses a credit card knowing that it has been revoked or cancelled,
is guilty of
- (e) an indictable offence and is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years, or
- (f) an offence punishable on summary conviction.
(2) An accused who is charged with an offence under subsection (1) may be tried and punished by any court having jurisdiction to try that offence in the place where the offence is alleged to have been committed or in the place where the accused is found, is arrested or is in custody, but where the place where the accused is found, is arrested or is in custody is outside the province in which the offence is alleged to have been committed, no proceedings in respect of that offence shall be commenced in that place without the consent of the Attorney General of that province.
Unauthorized use of credit card data
(3) Every person who, fraudulently and without colour of right, possesses, uses, traffics in or permits another person to use credit card data, including personal authentication information, whether or not the data is authentic, that would enable a person to use a credit card or to obtain the services that are provided by the issuer of a credit card to credit card holders is guilty of
- (a) an indictable offence and is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years; or
- (b) an offence punishable on summary conviction.
R.S., 1985, c. C-46, s. 342; R.S., 1985, c. 27 (1st Supp.), ss. 44, 185(F); 1997, c. 18, s. 16; 2009, c. 28, s. 4.
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