Credit Card-Reading Spy Camera Found in the NYC Subway

By Adam Clark Estes on at

Credit card thieves seem to come up with a new way to steal your personal information every day. The latest ploy: a card-reading spy camera, hiding above the MetroCard machine.

The MTA just put out a call for customers "to be vigilant" when buying MetroCards, after finding the hidden camera inside of a power outlet in the heavily trafficked 59th St-Columbus Circle station. A passenger noticed the device and ripped it down before taking it to the station agent. The MTA also found a card-skimming device installed on one of the machines.

Credit Card-Reading Spy Camera Found in the NYC Subway

The hidden camera was attached to cable housing above the MetroCard machine. It does look like a pretty strange place to put a power outlet.

This is hardly the first time that such devices have been discovered near the card machines in New York's public transit system.

Just last November, a number of hidden cameras and skimmers were found on the Long Island Railroad. But this latest incident does show how the thieves are becoming more creative.

Credit Card-Reading Spy Camera Found in the NYC Subway

A view of the spy camera's guts. The long black part is a battery.

So watch out, folks. You're vulnerable any time you start waving around your plastic in public. Easy solution? Buy your train tickets online in the safety of your own home. [Business Insider]

Credit Card-Reading Spy Camera Found in the NYC Subway

The credit card skimming device as it was installed in the machine. Hard to see, isn't it?

Credit Card-Reading Spy Camera Found in the NYC Subway

The skimmer after it was removed from the machine.

All images via MTA