Skimmer found on ticket machine at Grand Central - New York News

Skimmer found on ticket machine at Grand Central

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Metro-North ticket kiosks are supposed to make it faster and easier for commuters at Grand Central Terminal to buy a ticket. Unfortunately, the MTA says the machines are also appealing to thieves.

A Queens man was arrested for installing a skimming device on a ticket machine at Grand Central. In the last month, criminals have also installed skimmers on Long Island Rail Road ticket machines and a MetroCard machine at the Columbus Circle station.

The MTA will soon introduce an app so you can buy your ticket from your smart phone or tablet.

Banks are also working replacing the magnetic strip on credit cards with chip technology to make it more difficult for thieves to steal from you, but that is still a few years off.  In the meantime it will be up to you to protect your personal information.

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