This Radiant Store in Tampa has security cameras and tapes on the gas pump cabinets doors. Consumers are advised to go inside stores to pay for gas to protect their credit and debit card information.
Florida officials advise the public to watch their credit card and bank statements closely after a recent sweep that found 81 skimmers at gas pumps throughout Florida. The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has been checking gas pumps for skimmers, devices that steal consumers’ credit and debit card information.
“From Okaloosa County to Miami-Dade County, these skimmers are being placed on gas pumps throughout the state. Our inspectors will continue to work to safeguard Floridians and tourists who shouldn’t have to worry about having their credit or debit card information stolen as they fuel up,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam in a news release on April 23, 2015.
Six skimmers were found at gas stations in Hillsborough County:
Causeway Mobile, 11210 Causeway Blvd., Brandon, Florida – 1 skimmer
Mobil Mart #542, 1640 W. Brandon Blvd., Brandon, Florida – 1 skimmer
818 Market Place, 818 W. Platt St., Tampa, Florida – 1 skimmer
Citgo Quick Mart, 6101 S. Macdill Ave., Tampa, Florida – 1 skimmer
Radiant Food Store #226, 110 E. Bearss Ave., Tampa, Florida – 1 skimmer
Joy Food Store #650, 6314 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, Florida – 1 skier
One skimmer also was found in Pinellas, Polk, Pasco, and Sarasota counties at these locations:
BP, 3009 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater, FL
98 Sunoco #625 — 3230 U.S. Highway 98 N, Lakeland, Florida
7-Eleven #32738 — 18934 U.S. Highway 19, Hudson, Florida
Circle K #2211011, Shell–4405 N. Washington Blvd, Sarasota, Florida
If you fueled up in Orlando and Osceola counties recently, state investigators found 4 skimmers in Orange County and 2 skimmers in Osceola County.
Mobil Mart #46659, 203 N. Semoran Blvd., Winter Park, FL – 1 skimmer
7-Eleven #35825, 10254 Curry Ford Rd., Orlando, Florida – 2 skimmers
Macon Parkway CITGO, 20733 Macon Parkway, Orlando, Florida – 1 skimmer
Grand Food Store #3, 800 Cypress Hwy, Poinciana, Florida – 1 skimmer
7-Eleven #34867 Mobil –2101 Old Canoe Creek Rd., Saint Cloud, Florida – 1 skimmer
Putman’s office recommends these steps consumers can take to protect themselves at gas pumps:
1. Pay cash inside the store.
2. Check to see that the gas pump cabinet is closed and has not been tampered with. Many gas pumps have secure tape over the cabinet. If the tape is broken, notify the store.
3. Use a gas pump closer to the front of the store.
4. Use a credit card instead of a debit card. Credit cards have better fraud protection.
5. If using a debit card to pay for gas at the pump, choose to run it as a credit card to keep your PIN number safe.
6. Monitor bank and credit card accounts daily or regularly for any unauthorized charges.
7. If your credit card number has been used for purchases you didn’t make, report the fraudulent charges immediately to authorities, your credit card company and your bank.