NEW YORK (PIX11) — A credit-card reader and camera have been discovered on a MetroCard vending machine at Columbus Circle, the MTA announced Thursday.
The MTA says an unidentified customer noticed the device on the north end of the southbound 1 train at Columbus Circle on Wednesday evening. According to reports, the customer removed the device and gave it to a station agent. The NYPD is investigating.
New York City Transit is urging customers who used machines at Columbus Circle “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.”
On Tuesday, MTA police announced they were also looking for a suspect after a camera and credit-card reading device was discovered at an LIRR ticket machine.
Last week at the Baldwin station, Long Island Rail Road technicians noticed a camera and credit-card reader mounted on a ticket-vending machine.MTA police monitored the location and say that on Monday, a suspect returned to the location and appeared to access the devices.
Officers approached him but he got away. The MTA does not believe the suspect obtained any information.
On November, 4 suspects were arrested and charged after dozens of similar devices were discovered throughout the LIRR and Metro-North system.
The MTA is reminding customers to take a close look at the vending machines, and also to shield the keypad when using a credit or debit card.