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Forty people fall victim to skimming scam at 7-Eleven

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Oct. 21, 2015 By Michael Florio

More than 40 people had their bank cards compromised while using an ATM at the 7-Eleven on Northern Blvd earlier this month.

A skimming device, a mechanism used to steal information from ATM cards, was used at the 7-Eleven located at 79-01 Northern Blvd on Oct. 1, according to Deputy Inspector Brian Hennessy, the commanding officer of the 115th Precinct.

The card and pin numbers were copied on October 1st to October 2nd.

“There were 40 victims in just a 24-hour period,” Hennessy said last night at the 115 Precinct’s monthly meeting.

The skimmers placed a device on the ATM machine and when the victims swiped their cards it read and stored their card and PIN numbers.

The numbers are typically used by criminals to purchase items and the victims often find out when a series of unauthorized transactions appear on their statements.

Hennessy told the Jackson Heights Post that no arrests have been made at this time, but the investigation is still ongoing.

Hennessy told those in attendance that this is not the first time the precinct has dealt with this type of crime.

“The individuals or crews who commit these crimes are very organized,” he said.

Hennessy warned attendees to always check the slot where the card goes into the ATM machines before swiping.

“If it feels loose or just doesn’t feel right then don’t use the device,” he said.

 

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