A Long Island man was indicted in Syracuse for his involvement in an elaborate scam to steal credit card information. Haci Bayram is charged with using counterfeit credit cards.
Federal investigators say he, along with three other suspects, used a device called a 'skimmer,' to scan credit card information from the magnetic strip of unsuspecting customers cards. The information was stolen after customers gave their card to a gas station attendant. It was then transferred to new cards, which were used to buy items that were later sold for profit.
Federal investigators say these types of scam artists usually hide the devices in their palm, and work for a company for a very short amount of time.
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"More often it is a temporary employee who comes in for a two week period, a very short period of time, they give the employer very little information, they are working almost under the table, where they aren't earning enough and that's when they perpetrate the crime," said Tim Kirk, U.S. Secret Service.
Investigators believe as many as 100 cards were involved in the scam throughout Central and Northern New York, New York City and Pennsylvania.