Friday, May 25, 2018
Public safety

Credit card skimming devices found at three South Tampa gas stations

TAMPA — Devices designed to steal credit card information were found affixed to fuel pumps at three South Tampa gas stations this weekend, prompting a public warning from police.

The "skimming" devices were found at Shell gas stations at 4015 S West Shore Blvd., 6416 S Dale Mabry Highway, and 3650 S Dale Mabry Highway, police said.

The devices were attached to the computer hard drives inside the pumps, making it difficult for attendants and customers to notice them, police said.

No arrests have been made and it was unclear how many customers might have had their information stolen.

On Tuesday, police issued a warning with tips on how to spot such devices and avoid having card information stolen. Among the tips:

• Before using a gas pump, check to see that the security seal near the card reader has not been tampered with.

• Don't use gas pumps that are out of view of a station clerk.

• If in doubt, pay the clerk in person.

Anyone with information about the card skimming devices can call Tampa police at (813) 231-6130.

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