Flim-flam man running skim scam: Cops

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Police are looking for the man who stole a Bensonhurst woman’s identity and used it to make fraudulent purchases in Manhattan.

The victim, who lives near Bath Avenue and Bay 35th Street, discovered on Oct. 1 that someone had charged $412 to her checking account at Duane Reade stores in Manhattan, police said. But the woman still has her debit card, leading investigators to believe the thief made a copy of the card in a scam called “skimming” wherein tech-savvy thieves attach gadgets to cash machines that copy users’ debit card information, law enforcement sources said.

Police believe the man also stole money from a Queens man who discovered the unauthorized charges in November, according to a statement from police.

The first fraudulent charge dates back to July, but police couldn’t specify whether the fraudster used the Brooklyn woman’s card or the Queens man’s card, a spokeswoman said.

Police busted two Brooklyn men for possessing credit card duplication equipment after they were caught stealing parts from a Gravesend cash machine in October.

Police are asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-8477, log onto the Crime Stoppers website at, or text tips to 274637 and enter “TIP577.” All calls are strictly confidential, police said.

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at or by calling (718) 260–8303. Follow him on Twitter @JustTheMax.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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