Skimmer and camera found at MetroCard machine in Manhattan

Skimmer and camera found at MetroCard machine in Manhattan

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The MTA says a customer found a skimming device on a MetroCard vending machine at the southbound No. 1 train platform at Columbus Circle and turned it in. Police later located a pinhole camera on a beam above the machine.

Skimming devices are typically placed on machines and scoop information from a bank card's magnetic strip while a tiny camera overhead records your PIN.

MTA Spokesman Adam Lisberg said that people who may have used the machine at Columbus Circle should contact their bank. He said the MTA hasn't gotten reports of anyone being victimized through this.

The agency did a sweep of all ticket machines at 468 stations and didn't find any other devices. But the MTA is also investigating a skimmer found last week at the Baldwin station of the LIRR.

Experts say that skimming crime isn't new but evolving technology has made it more prevalent.

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