81 gas pump skimmers found in statewide sweep: 3 located in Martin County

 

The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has been sweeping through Florida checking gas pumps for “skimmers,” devices that capture consumers’ credit and debit card information. Commisioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam announced April 23 that inspectors have checked more than 6,000 gas stations and found 81 skimmers at gas pumps throughout Florida, including 3 locations in Martin County. Click Orlando reports that two were found at Stuart Shell, 1308 SE Federal Hwy., Stuart; and, one at  Planet Ozone – Sunoco, 1601 SE Federal Hwy., also in Stuart.

“From Okaloosa County to Miami-Dade County, these skimmers are being placed on gas pumps throughout the state,” stated Putnam. “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.”

There are steps consumer can take to protect themselves, such as:

  • Pay in cash inside the store to ensure the credit card information stays safe.
  • Check to make sure the gas pump dispenser cabinet is closed and has not been tampered with. Many stations are now putting a piece of security tape over the cabinet to ensure it has not been opened by unauthorized individuals.
  • Use a gas pump closer to the front of the store. Thieves often place skimmers at the gas pumps farther away from the store so they are not noticed as quickly.
  • Use a credit card instead of a debit card. Credit cards have better fraud protection, and the money is not deducted immediately from an account.
  • If using a debit card at the pump, choose to run it as a credit card instead of a debit card. That way, the PIN number is safe.
  • Monitor bank accounts regularly to spot any unauthorized charges.
  • Consumers who suspect their credit card number has been compromised should report it immediately to authorities and their credit card company.

For a complete list of locations throughout the state: http://www.clickorlando.com/news/full-list-of-credit-card-skimmers-found-at-florida-gas-pumps/32530972

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