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Credit card fraud suspects nabbed over careless typo
By Larry Celona, Olivia Bensimon and Natalie O'Neill
April 28, 2019 | 11:02pm

This is really minding your “p’s.”

An eagle-eyed clerk at the new Neiman Marcus department store at Hudson Yards helped bust a credit-card fraud ring — by noticing a lower-case letter on a bogus card that didn’t look right, law-enforcement sources told The Post.

Workers at the West Side development’s sleek new shopping mall were told to be on the lookout for phony cards, so when the unidentified clerk noticed the word “please” wasn’t capitalized at the beginning of a sentence on the back of a Neiman Marcus card on March 21, he raised the alarm, sources said.

“please call toll-free 1-888-462-4725 for program assistance,” the sentence read.

The clerk then noticed the same typo on two more cards on two other occasions over the next week and told a manager, who called cops, leading to the arrests of three people.

Two other people were arrested at the luxury department store with fake cards bearing the same error, law-enforcement sources said.

The suspects — Renkai Wang, 24, Nikki Liu, 39, Change He, 20, Caiqiang He, 20, and Yial Cheng, 28 — were all linked to a credit-card fraud ring based in Flushing, Queens, according to sources.

They allegedly used the cards to try to buy thousands of dollars’ worth of Chanel and Louis Vuitton handbags. In total, the five suspects allegedly tried to swipe more than $51,000 in the designer bags.

Clerks at the store, which opened in the gleaming development on March 15, earn a reward of 5 to 10 percent of sales when they catch shoppers using bogus credit cards, sources said.

A Neiman Marcus spokesman declined to comment, citing “security purposes.”

Thieves in recent weeks also targeted upscale restaurants at Hudson Yards, including the Mediterranean eatery Estiatorio Milos and Queensyard, which serves British food, law-enforcement sources said.

Those crimes were listed as grand larcenies, according to sources.

Crooks have also stolen copper wire and an electronic lift from under-construction areas of the development, sources said.
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