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DC Metro Card Scam

By Scam Awareness | January 29, 2016

Nine employees of DC's public transportation system, known as WMATA, were arrested for a scam that ripped off and lied to riders but provided employees with added profit.

According to DC Inno, "In short, Metro discovered that the suspects were encouraging riders carrying paper farecards to avoid the payment turngate, avoiding the cost of a ride, and to instead walk through an open emergency gate in return for their card. These unaccounted paper farecards would then be collected and turned into a farecard terminal machine to add value onto a blank SmarTrip."

Once value was added to the new SmarTrip cards, employees sold them on sites such as Ebay and Craigslist for a discounted price. However, the profits were then going back to the employees says the Washington Post.

Thanks to technology installed by the Metro, authorities noticed dubious behavior such as placing money on numerous farecards in one session as well as hacking attempts to the farecard machines. Since the activity was only occurring repeatedly at a few stations, cameras and evidence led Metro Transit Police to figure out what was going on.

All involved employees were arrested, fired and now face misdemeanor charges. 

If you notice suspicious activity occurring at your local transit, make sure to report it to local authorities.

Stay Safe!

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