Updated 01/18/2013 06:11 PM
Protecting your identity in an ever-changing world
Swiping your credit card is starting to look a little different. You may have noticed that even an iPhone can become its own portable cash register. It's certainly convenient if used by the right people. But, our Katie Husband has a warning from police who say one local woman was using this new technology to steal from customers.
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HORSEHEADS, N.Y. -- "You basically slide the card through it and it reads the information on the card and stores it," said Vincent Hill, NYSP investigator.
Which is what police say, Jasmine Irvin of Elmira did at a Friendly's restaurant. They say she used a skimmer device to steal her customers' credit card information.
"I'm not so sure that she was doing the actual uploading on other cards but she was getting the initial card numbers and uploading them onto a computer," said Hill.
Law enforcement agencies involved say they haven't seen a case like this in the area. But that doesn't mean you should have a rested mind.
"We've heard of them, we're familiar with them, it's a lot of the new technology that's out there, and it's just important that the people just take the precautions to try to avoid that," said Michael Robertson, Elmira Police Chief.
Law enforcement officials say whether you walk into a restaurant or a department store it is the consumer's responsibility to make sure their credit cards are in the right hands.
"Keep your eye on your credit card at all times, you know, in a lot of restaurants the waiter or waitress takes off with it and it's out of your sight, you know, go up and pay at the register where you can actually see it," Robertson.
In the ever-changing world we live in, this is just another way people take advantage of new technologies.
"Employees have written down information, that's been going on for a while, not real prevalent, but it has happened before so, people look for ways to skim and cheat and steal from other people, it's amazing," said Robertson.
Irvin is charged with identity theft and unlawful possession of a skimmer device, both in the second degree. The investigation is ongoing.