BROOKSVILLE — Customers who bought gas at the Hess station east of Brooksville earlier this week should check their receipts.
A manager on Wednesday discovered skimmers on four fuel pumps at the station at Cortez Boulevard and Spring Lake Highway, the Hernando County Sheriff's Office said.
Skimmers are devices installed on a pump's credit and debit card reader to copy data from a card's magnetic strip and capture PINs entered during debit transactions.
The skimmers were placed on pumps 1, 2, 7 and 8 between 6 p.m. Tuesday and 7:15 a.m. Wednesday. The devices were inside the pump, so customers could not have detected them, detectives say. A manager discovered the devices during a routine inspection. Thieves can access the internal card reader with a universal key or by picking the lock.
The U.S. Secret Service's Tampa office is helping detectives to determine if the skimmers had wireless capabilities, which would allow the thieves to access stolen data without retrieving the devices, said sheriff's spokeswoman Denise Moloney. It will take some time to determine if any accounts were compromised, Moloney said.
Customers who used the pumps during those hours are advised to cancel their cards and have new ones issued, the Sheriff's Office said. The customers are also asked to contact Detective Tony Aguiar at (352) 754-6830 or [email protected]hernandosheriff.org.