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LIRR warns of minicam bank card scam at ticket machines

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Posted: Friday, October 18, 2013 6:24 pm | Updated: 10:49 am, Mon Oct 21, 2013.

The MTA Police Department is investigating a potential credit and debit card scam that has targeted Long Island Rail Road ticket vending machines (TVMs) at four locations in Nassau and Queens.

MTA Police Chief Michael Coan urged any LIRR customer who has purchased a rail ticket from an LIRR TVM at any LIRR station using a debit card or credit card to immediately check with their bank or credit card company to determine if their accounts have any unauthorized activity.

So far the investigation has found tiny, hidden cameras attached to a total of seven machines at four LIRR stations: Bayside and Great Neck on the Port Washington Branch, Merillon Avenue on the Huntington/Port Jefferson Branch, and Greenvale on the Oyster Bay Branch. MTA PD  detectives and LIRR personnel are checking TVMs at all LIRR stations. 

Coan said that in each case the tiny camera was found on the underside of a black metal strip that was placed across the top of the ticket machine with an adhesive. (See the attached photos). He said that strip blended perfectly and looked like it was part of the machine.

Anyone who may have witnessed an individual or individuals acting suspicious or tampering with TVMs, please contact the MTA Police Department at  718-361-2247.

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  • aldrenright posted at 9:50 am on Fri, Jan 9, 2015.

    aldrenright Posts: 1

    Be very wary with bank machines around not-so busy areas at night as these are the most targeted. Those in constant use are less likely to be targeted due to risk of being caught, so if it means crossing the road to use a busier machine then do it.

    Also check the machine as the FE said, but also look up under the machine (where the light is) as that is where camera's are placed - especially in screw holes.

    ALWAYS cup your hands around you when you are typing in your number. Alot of effort i know but it is worth it.

  • henrikjensen posted at 7:37 am on Fri, Nov 28, 2014.

    henrikjensen Posts: 1

    All try to use a in store machine and not a hole in the wall, skimming devices are getting smarter in respect to wifi devices working in conjunction with mini cam but the best bit of advice is to always try to avoid hole in wall as not very many in store are skimmed , four parts to look at are the card reader the key pad the speaker if fitted and flap that protects the cash outlet...........give the card reader a good old pull and if it comes of it's a clone.The key pad looks identical so extra vision must be taken at this point just try getting your nails under and tug as this will only be fitted with tape whereas the real one is securely fitted. The speaker is were they fit the camera so any damage to it don't use ....finally the cash flap, if it don't work and your cash don't come out try to lift yourself as a strong double sided tape is used on the inside so when your cash is dispensed it simply sticks to it you walk away and the person behind is the guy who will lift and take your hard earned cash but please report all to the police.

  • MattYale posted at 6:18 am on Fri, Dec 20, 2013.

    MattYale Posts: 0

    Prevention is often worth a ton of cure. According to the Federal Trade Commission, one of the first-line defenses against credit card fraud, especially in case of credit card theft, is to safeguard the physical card itself. If a card is lost or stolen, report the loss immediately. You can visit this page to check for more info.