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Please watch your server/bartender closely in the club and to make sure he or she isn't "skimming" your card through a rouge reader and capturing your information!
We personally know two people who have recently been a victim to this pathetic crime so until further notice, only pay with cash and withdraw it from a credible ATM. The third party ATMS stationed around WeHo may have faux card readers over them that scan your card!
Dear WeHo Confidential,
Have you heard? A huge wave of debit and credit card fraud is sweeping through West Hollywood and tear after tear us poor vulnerable (and often drunk) gays a re prime targets and losing money by the hour. Several people (including myself) have been defrauded in the last two weeks. Too many to be a coincidence because the one common denominator is that we all dine and drink in West Hollywood. Most of us bar crawl making it impossible to pin point which scumbag waiter is using a credit card skimming device to steal our credit card info, make duplicate cards and sell them to scumbags a yonder (other states).
We have not used ATMs so that means this is point of sale theft...meaning, when we ate at a WeHo restaurant or had beers at the bars and handed our cards over, we got more than we bargained for. The waiter cleverly used a skimming device to copy the credit card information and send his / her goons on a spree. OR is was a scumbag at Yellow Cab. Most of us had indeed taken cabs home and swipe our cards in the taxi. It extremely easy for a taxi driver to install his own skimming machine in the taxi, so you think you're swiping to pay for your cab ride, when you're actually giving the criminals carte blanche to drain your accounts.
Please spread the word and warn people who are dining and drinking in WeHo. Again, we do not think this is an ATM, it is a point of sale theft. Advise people to carry cash cause tis the season to get robbed! If people dine out, advise them to take cash, that waiter they're handing their card to could very well be stealing their credit card info! AND not all the Banks will return the money. One of my friend's claim was denied by Wells Fargo, another by Chase, another by Bank of America and I'm still waiting to hear from Paypal regarding my credit card refund (here's hoping).