Beware of card skimming scammers on the tube

A user Ne6c  warned users to be aware  of card skimming scammers on the tube.

Ne6c wrote:
"Just witnessed some youngish looking duo walking up and down the tube(District Line), posing as "security" wearing all black uniforms and no TfL branding instructing people to pull out their tickets for inspection. Both guys then used iPhones (the part where I really became suspicious) to tap (and I assume scan and skim contactless cards) on Oyster and Contactless cards really quickly. We just arrived at Whitechapel and I was on my way out the door already when one of the guys asked me for my ticket and I asked him for his identification and he immediately skipped me and moved on to next person and I was out of the door.

Now I suspect they were only after skimming contactless cards, so probably no damage has been done to the owners of scanned Oyster cards, but please be aware of these scamming pillocks and always asked the inspector for ID, as I believe that every staff member in the TfL network has to have TfL issued IDs on them while they are working.

Hopefully, I imagined everything and it was just a hoax and people's money won't be stolen.

EDIT: Talked with the BTP on the phone this morning to report it and they're aware of the situation, apparently it has happened before though"

Besides, many people in comments approved that fact and informed about simmilar cases in different countries:

" Most IDs have a number on that you can call and verify. Not helpful on the tube but you can always photo it to verify later - if you have been scammed this would be useful evidence to get your money back (if possible).

No one who is legit would hesitate to show their ID and they'll be hard plastic, credit card style ones. A laminated card is an obvious fake, as is grainy typeface/logos, etc.

Similarly, anyone who is legit will happily discuss further with you/move on if you don't believe their ID is genuine. Only a scammer will try to force the issue." - commented MartynTyrant.

Read other news on the city site of London.

reddit
scam cardskimmingscammers London
If you notice an error, highlight the text you want and press Ctrl + Enter to report it to the editor
9 views in august
I recommend
No recommendations yet

Comments

Comments are designed to communicate and discuss the features of an enterprise or event, as well as to find out the interesting questions on it.

Incidents
A man has been charged with the murder of a nurse who appeared on Britain's Got Talent in an NHS choir. Simonne Samantha Kerr, 31, from Wembley, was found fatally injured in a house in Grayshott Road, Battersea, on Wednesday - writes  bbc.com She was treated by paramedics but pronounced dead at the scene. Desmond Sylva, 40, of Grayshott Road, will appear in Wimbledon Magistrates' Court on Friday. Police are not looking for anyone else over Ms Kerr's death....
Society
A maths teacher has been showing off her artistic skills by decorating rocks with incredible miniature versions of book covers. Ella Dickson, 39, spends up to an hour painting covers of books like Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Northern Lights and Matilda on rocks. She posts her intricate creations on a local Facebook page before hiding them near her local library for kids to find, photograph and then often re-hide. Mum-of-two Ella is part of th...
Incidents
A doctor who worked as a physician to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth has been killed after colliding with a truck as he cycled through central London. Peter Fisher, 67, was riding through the High Holborn area on Wednesday morning when the collision occurred. Police said he had died at the scene. “We are all deeply shocked and saddened to learn that Dr Peter Fisher tragically died in a road traffic accident yesterday,” Gill Gaskin, medical director at Universit...
Society
Students collecting results from their school in the shadow of Grenfell Tower said they were proud to be bringing a sense of hope back to the community. Safety concerns forced Kensington Aldridge Academy to move to portable classrooms after the fire in June last year. Four of the school’s pupils and one former student were among the 72 killed. Students were given the choice to sit the exams in the original building or in the temporary classrooms. Many retu...
Society
A former refugee who stood outside Canary Wharf station with a sign pleading for work says he is "overwhelmed" after a tweet showing him standing with his sign went viral. 22-year-old Mohamed Elbarkey sayshis self-promotional stunt has earned him some promising job leads, including interviews at places he would "love to work at." Mr Elbarkey came to the UK with his family as a refugee from Libya and graduated with a 2:1 in Aerospace Engineering from Southa...
Society
In a UK first, shoppers in south London can now buy groceries in Sainsbury’s without going to the checkout or self-service scanner. By simply using their smart phone, shoppers can skip the queue altogether and buy products by scanning what they need themselves - writes standard.co.uk The supermarket chain is trialling new scan, pay and go technology in its Clapham North branch. The trial is thought to be the first of its kind not just in London, but the wh...
Crime
Four men have been stabbed and six have been arrested following an incident in Camberwell. Officers were called to playing fields outside Landor House at 5.24pm following reports of a stabbing. According to a Scotland Yard spokesperson, the four men, all believed to be in their teens,"have all been taken to south London hospitals." "Six males have been arrested in connection with the incident." Police remain at the scene. The condition of the four men is n...
Society
A dance festival for 10,000 revellers in a south London park has been refused a licence after complaints from couples that the event would “spoil” their weddings nearby - writes standard.co.uk Diynamic Festival was set to take place in Morden Park on September 8. Tickets were already sold for the event, which boasts a line-up of house and techno DJs including Solomun and Adriatique across two stages. But Merton council rejected a licence application for it...
Society
He made the promise as the government announced £10m to improve security and conditions at certain jails. New body scanners and sniffer dogs are to be introduced in 10 of England's most "challenging" prisons as part of a clampdown on drugs and mobile phones. The dogs have been trained to detect psychoactive substances such as Spice. Ministers also want to raise standards of leadership by sending prison governors to military-style colleges. And there will b...