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Investigators find 18 credit card skimmers in Tampa Bay gas stations

State investigators have found 18 illegal credit card skimmers at Tampa Bay gas stations since January, nearly as many as all of 2016. This accounts for seven percent of the 276 skimmers found across the state so far this year.

Credit card skimmers are small devices placed inside gas station pump dispensers that surreptitiously steal credit and debit card information from motorists.

According to newly released figures, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services removed four skimmers in Hillsborough County in 2017 so far, as well as 14 in Pinellas County.

Last year, the agriculture department found 11 in Hillsborough County for all of 2016, and 10 in Pinellas County for the same period.

The number of the devices found in 2017 has surpassed the count for the entirety of 2016, which was 219.

Previous coverage: Illegal credit card skimmer use on the rise at Florida gas stations

Contact Malena Carollo at [email protected] or (727) 892-2249. Follow @malenacarollo on Twitter.

The following are Tampa Bay locations where the skimmers were found:

• Test Petroleum, 2901 N. 50th St.

• NW Plaza Shell, 5705 Gunn Hwy.

• Radiant Food Store #1226, 110 E. Bearss Ave.

• 7-Eleven #27859, 5522 W. Waters Ave.

• Rally Food Mart, 3400 Vlmerton Road

• Seven Oaks Chevron, 706 Drew St.

• Dodge Stores, 466 Patricia Ave.

• 309 Sunoco #2412, 10570 Seminole Blvd.

• Quick Mart of Largo, 1990 W. Bay Dr.

• Patriot Food Mart, 5511 Park Blvd.

• Gaskwick Marathon #15, 5399 Park St. N.

• 66TH STREET SHELL, 3801 66th St. N.

• One Stop Giant BP #109, 6151 4th St. N.

• One Food of Pinellas Inc #23, 901 4th St. N.

• 66th St Shell, 3801 66th St. N.

• Super Save BP/Giant Oil #111, 4125 16th St. N.

Investigators find 18 credit card skimmers in Tampa Bay gas stations 07/06/17 [Last modified: Friday, July 7, 2017 4:01pm]
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