A routine check of an illegally parked car has unearthed possibly one of the largest debit and credit card-skimming operations in Calgary’s history.

On Wednesday, police searched a rental car and found three PIN pads, prompting a further search at a hotel that uncovered electronic storage devices, memory chips, gel pads, credit cards and $4,000 in cash.

The equipment could have compromised tens of thousands of card numbers.

Four men, all from Quebec, were arrested and charged with possession of equipment for forging credit cards.

The men, who face further charges, are believed to have ties to organized crime in Eastern Canada.

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