LIRR officials explain how to prevent credit card skimming scam

New revelations of credit card skimming at LIRR ticket vending machines at the Baldwin Station have MTA officials warning customers to be wary when making purchases.



LIRR spokesman Joe Calderone spoke with News 12 about ways to safeguard against those that use skimming devices and cameras at the ticket machines.



Calderone recommends covering the keypad before entering any PIN numbers, as well as checking the credit card slot for anything suspicious before swiping a credit card.



MTA Police Chief Michael Coan and LIRR President Helena E. Willimas are urging customers who have purchased a rail ticket from an LIRR ticket vending machine to check their credit or debit card accounts immediately for suspicious activity.



MTA police released a poster including a photograph of the suspect identified as Vasile Ovidiu Haidau, 35, of Romania. They believe he has ties to a credit card and identity theft gang in California.


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