I am glad that the media does warn people that this happens. Â Ottawa still has a fair number of “shady” folks trying to steal money from you, any way they can figure it out.
I have seen examples of how this kind of scam work. I guess the only advice I can give is to watch what the employee does with your card, don’t just turn your back and assume they are doing the right thing. You are giving this person access to your bank account, so treat the transaction with a certain amount of due diligence.
A local gas station used to have employees who swipe your card twice, once to clone the card and once to put the actual transaction through, and then had a “pin snatcher” on the line, so the cloned card could be used as well. This is why it is helpful to have “working” bank accounts where your balance does not get too large, and thus if someone does “snarf” your card, they can’t get that much money (hopefully, you can recover the stolen funds, but it might take a while too).
Fraud is out there, be diligent, folks.