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Mercer County investigators and inspectors have acquired a Bluetooth locator to help protect consumers against thieves who are intent on stealing credit card data at gas pumps and other payment machines. Called BlueSleuth, the locator tool scans an area for all nearby Bluetooth devices and based on signal strength can zero in on a suspicious device such as a credit card skimmer hidden inside a gas pump. The skimmer installed by a thief records and stores the credit card data, and the thief can return to capture the stolen credit card numbers over Bluetooth without ever touching the pump again. A total of six BlueSleuths have been purchased by the Mercer County Division of Consumer Affairs/Weights & Measures and the Prosecutor’s Office to help investigators and inspectors when they’re out in the field.
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example, to check for card skimmers when they’re making routine gas station inspections,” Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes said. “I thank the Prosecutor’s Office for supporting this effort. We will continue to do everything we can to keep consumers from becoming innocent victims in our communities.” If a card skimmer is detected, the matter will be referred to the Prosecutor’s Office for further investigation. “A single compromised gas pump can capture data from 30 to 100 credit cards per day,” Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri said. “We are happy to do our part in taking a proactive approach to thwarting this type of criminal activity.” The county purchased the BlueSleuth devices from Berkeley Varitronics Systems of Metuchen at a cost of $995 apiece.
Reservations are open for the 20th Spring Wildflower Gala, held annually at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve in Bucks County, Pa. The party is Saturday, April 27 and will feature woodland walks, a cocktail reception, live and silent auctions, a gourmet dinner, and dancing, all to benefit the organization. Auction highlights include a dinner for 10 prepared by Max Hansen at a local historic farm, a vacation timeshare at a villa in Orlando, original oil paintings by Gail Bessette and James Feehan, native spring flowers from the Preserve’s Native Plant Nursery, a week’s stay in Cancun or Los Cabos, jewelry from Diana Vincent, and more. To make reservations, visit www.bhwp.org.
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HELPING HANDS: Seniors from Hightstown High School’s Peer Group Connection (PGC) recently spent a day working together towards goals at the Princeton-Blairstown Center (PBC). PBC staff worked to strengthen leadership, team building, and problem-solving skills with the students as they approach graduation, and prepare for challenges ahead.
Summer Jobs: Princeton is hiring youth 14-18 for summer employment in a variety of positions, at $15-$18 per hour. Visit princetonnj.gov for more information. Pool and Camp Registration is Open: To sign up for programs at Community Pool, youth and adult sports, day camps, travel, and more, visit princetonrecreation.com. Citizenship Classes: The Latin American Task Force offers classes to prepare immigrants for the Naturalization Interview required to become a U.S. citizen, at Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, Wednesdays from 7-8:30 p.m. for eight weeks starting April 30. Free. Call (609) 924-9529 ext. 1220. Special Working Session on Parking: Princeton Council will hold a meeting devoted entirely to the parking changes on Monday, April 15 at 7 p.m. in Witherspoon Hall. Free Income Tax Assistance: AARP Tax-Aide offers free tax preparation assistance at Princeton Senior Resource Center (609) 924-7108 and Nassau Presbyterian Church (bilingual assistance). Call for appointments at PSRC; walk-ins are welcome at the church. Stream Cleanup: Help the Princeton Environmental Commission and the Watershed Institute get Grover Park, 301 North Harrison Street, ready for spring on Saturday, April 6 from 9-11 a.m.
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