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LIRR Warns Riders of Possible Ticket Machine Card Scam

MTA police are investigating tiny cameras found on ticket machines.
MTA police are investigating tiny cameras found on ticket machines.

Long Island Rail Road customers who use ticket vending machines may have been victims of a credit and debit card scam at four stations in Nassau and Queens, MTA police warned.

Investigators found tiny, hidden cameras attached to seven machines at LIRR stations in Bayside, Great Neck, Merillon Avenue and Greenvale, police said.

Authorities urged any LIRR customer who bought a ticket from an LIRR machine 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.

Police and LIRR staff are now checking the machines at all LIRR stations as a precaution.

The tiny cameras were found on the underside of a black metal strip that was placed across the top of the ticket machine with an adhesive that looked like it was part of the machine.

Police did not say if they found skimming devices on the machines, which are typically used in tandem with tiny cameras in ATM scams. Skimmers allow crooks to steal victims’ card while tiny cameras are aimed at capturing victims’ PINs.

MTA police ask anyone who may have witnessed individuals acting suspicious or tampering with the ticket machines to call them at 718-361-2247

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