Waiter Steals Credit Card Numbers From Over 100 Diners & Goes on $126,000 Shopping Spree


credit cardsWhen I hand over that credit card to pay for dinner, I'm usually pretty confident that my card is safe and secure. I fully expect it to come back to me without so much as a scratch. So much trust, right? You're just handing that plastic over to a total stranger like it's no big deal.

Well, I guess you know what's coming: A story about the waiter who fleeced his customers. Hoo boy, here we go. A waiter at a Manhattan restaurant stole credit card and debit card information from 120 patrons. And then he went on a $120,000 shopping spree. Gulp!

For two months, 30-year-old Jaiquan Ibraheem used a "skimming device" to grab those numbers over a two-month period. Apparently he was no longer working at the restaurant at the time of his arrest. I guess. But his arrest came at the tail end of his employment. The restaurant wouldn't say if he'd been fired or if he'd quit -- just that they were cooperating with the police.

So let's do the math! Around 120 patrons, $120,000 stolen, that's nearly a thousand per patron. I think you'd notice a $1,000 credit card charge on your statement, wouldn't you? I mean, I'm sure it wasn't charged by the restaurant -- it would be some random charge you couldn't attribute to anything. I kind of wonder how the waiter got away with this for so long.

But he was finally caught and is on $30,000 bail -- darn it, now all that stolen money is gone! I don't know, I'll probably still keep using a credit or debit card. My company is pretty good with protecting against unauthorized charges. But this will make me a wee bit nervous about using it!

Which do you use more often to pay for dinner, credit or debit cards, or cash?


Image via Andres Rueda/Flickr

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tuffy... tuffymama

We pay cash for stuff like that. In fact, we pay cash for most things. We use an envelope system, a bit like the one Dave Ramsey suggests. We save so much more money than we did three years ago.

acrog... acrogodess

we tend to pay cash at restaurants. I don't like using my card.

Whipp... WhipperWhirl

Did you proof read this post at all??

kjbug... kjbugsmom1517

Ha he wouldnt get very far if he stole ours. And we would def notice a thousand bucks missing

bills... billsfan1104

Lmao kj, he would of been screwed with me too.

nonmember avatar Rachel

I deal with customers credit cards all day long and it is so not worth it to risk your job, your reputation and going to jail for a shopping spree. Pathetic. You will get caught and you will be prosecuted. It never crosses my mind to use a customers info, it's stealing and it's not a risk anyone should take. Oh and also, it's wrong!!!

sunmo... sunmoonandstar

Right, Rachel? I deal with bank accounts/checks and and people avoid allowing account debits because they don't want anyone "in their account" and I'm like... I would never do that! I value my job and my conscience and freedom as well. They also don't seem to realize I have all of their info in front of me so I can see everything already but they don't feel comfortable with people having access to their account that they willingly gave me over the phone. Something we may not realize we do until we associate it with a payment.

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