Written by Matthew A. Piacentini Friday, 22 April 2011 00:00
Lt. Thomas Fitzpatrick of the GCPD provided the details of a recent bust in Glen Cove.
The GCPD report: “At about 11 p.m. on April18, Officer Kristen Ferrante stopped a vehicle for a traffic infraction on Elm Ave. in Glen Cove.
“Driver John Sylvio (24) of Suffolk County and passenger Jolivia Monrose (22) of Brooklyn were in a 2005 grey Nissan Altima with a PA registration. While speaking to the driver, Officer Ferrante detected a strong odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. A subsequent search of the vehicle yielded two pocket size card “skimming” devices and a larger, card “coding” device. Upon manipulation of the glove box, a loaded .22 cal. revolver was located behind the box. Also, $3,500 in cash was found in a car door pocket and marijuana was recovered.
“Both occupants of the vehicle were arrested on felony charges and were arraigned on April 19.”
Lt. Fitzpatrick also provided the community with an explanation of card skimming.
How Credit Card Skimming Works
In credit card skimming schemes, thieves use a pocket sized device to steal credit card information in an otherwise legitimate credit or debit card transaction. For example, credit card skimming devices such as these are often held in the hand of a waiter or store clerk.
When an unsuspecting customer hands over a credit card to make a purchase, the card is surreptitiously run through the skimmer. The device stores the credit card information from the magnetic strip on the back of the card.
Thieves can gather hundreds of cards on a single skimmer and later use the stolen data to make fraudulent charges either online or with a counterfeit credit card reprogrammed with a “card coding device” such as the one found in this vehicle.
Victims of credit card skimming are often unaware of the theft until they receive a billing statement or overdraft notices in the mail.