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United States : Rochester Residents Personal Information Is Being Stolen at an Alarming and Unaceptable Rate.

U.S. Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer today urged the United States Secret Service to investigate and address a surge in card skimming incidents across the Rochester-Finger Lakes Region. Schumer said card skimming scammers prey on consumers at popular retail locations like gas stations. The recent surge has impacted consumers at dozens of gas stations throughout the Rochester-Finger Lakes Region. In Livingston County alone, over the past seven weeks more than 20 separate cases of credit card fraud were reported that officials believe are the direct result of skimmers recently uncovered at gas stations. Schumer said it is vital that the federal government addresses this form of fraud that victimizes hundreds of New Yorkers and creates fear in thousands more.

Simply put, we cannot stand by and allow unsuspecting Rochester residents to be victims of these new, nefarious credit card skimmer scams, said Senator Schumer. These scams hurt residents who are simply running errands and unknowingly give criminals access to personal information, enabling them to drain bank accounts, steal identities, and sell private information for financial gain. That is why I am calling on the Secret Service to immediately triple their efforts to address these horrible scams. With skimming cases continuing to rise and criminals getting savvier, it is clear that the Secret Service must do more in Rochester to eliminate these scams.

Schumer said the Secret Service has acknowledged that criminals are using card skimmers in a variety of ways, including the use of periscope skimmers, which are often undetectable to the untrained eye. Schumer stated further access to personal information obtained through these devices has enabled criminals to drain Rochester Finger Lake residents bank accounts, steal their identities, and sell private information for financial gain. Considering the frustration and destruction to lives that the stealing and misuse of this information can create for individuals, Schumer believes it is vital that the Secret Service and its partners do all that they can to stay one step ahead of these criminals. This includes enabling local law enforcement with the tools to identify these scams as quickly as possible, and increase efforts to inform Rochesters consumers on how they can protect themselves and their personal financial information.

Specifically, Schumer is urging the Secret Service to commit to increasing the number of agents and resources to combat this growing threat of fraud and root out networks that seek to take advantage of unsuspecting customers. The Secret Service should partner with local law enforcement and federal authorities to coordinate information campaigns that allow employees and customers alike to more easily identify card skimming technology.

Schumer said the Secret Service cannot stand by and allow customers making necessary stops at the pump to worry that they may be at risk when using their credit or debit card for payment. The Secret Service must expand its efforts and lead the charge in eliminating these sorts of scams. Schumer said it is time for the Secret Service to work to counter the troubling number of card skimming incidents across the Rochester area.

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Date:Feb 13, 2018
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