Crime has become so 21st century. Young criminals are turning to technology-based theft that doesn’t require any physical contact with the victims. Crime that is less public is also less messy. The 19th Precinct’s community meeting on Monday included a sobering and (almost) entertaining look at the various cons now infesting our stores, banks, gas stations and anywhere else we insert our bank cards and enter codes.
“Why do a violent crime and get $15?”
Lt. Gregory Besson of the NYPD’s Financial Crimes Task Force, told the assembled Upper East Siders. “ID theft is more money, less risk.”
If you’ve been a victim or don’t want to be one, read this. Lt. Besson can be contacted at: Gregory.Besson@NYPD.org.
It amazes us that young criminals possessing the energy, ambition and technical skills to perpetrate these cons don’t just apply them in a legitimate business. Can any of you explain this?
- The keypad overlay, where the crook puts his own keypad over a legit one, thus capturing your information.
- The skimmer/key pad. An overlay attached to an ATM keypaid.
- A pinhold camera above the keypad that videos your fingers punching in a password.