Once again riders need to be wary of credit card scam artists who are targeting ticket vending machines. This issue started to make headlines again the other day when the LIRR warned about a suspect targeting riders at the Baldwin station.
Now NYC Transit has issued a warning after finding a skimming device & hidden camera at a MVM at the 59th Street-Columbus Circle station. Here is more:
MTA New York City Transit is asking customers to be vigilant when purchasing MetroCards at MetroCard Vending Machines (MVMs) after a skimming device and hidden camera were uncovered at an MVM inside the 59 St-Columbus Circle station (see photos below). The device was discovered last night around 9:30 p.m. attached to an MVM located on the north end of the southbound 1 platform at Columbus Circle.
An unidentified customer noticed the device, removed it from the machine and brought it to the Station Agent on duty. The New York Police Department is investigating the device.
New York City Transit urges customers who have purchased a MetroCard at that location using a credit or debit card to immediately check with their bank or credit card company to determine if their accounts show any signs of unauthorized activity.
“We have already dispatched personnel to check all MVMs system-wide today for other devices,” said MTA New York City Transit President Carmen Bianco. “As was the case yesterday, we continue to ask our customers ‘If You See Something, Say Something,’ particularly if they notice any suspicious activity or device in our system.”
This is exactly why anytime I swipe or insert my card at any machine (not just in transit stations), I feel for devices & cameras. People sometimes look at me like I am crazy. However I do not care as my security trumps their opinion. Plus it has worked for me as I have found such machines attached on a few occasions.
xoxo Transit Blogger