Authorities in Pasco County found a dozen credit card skimmers on area gas pumps this week.
The devices, placed on pumps to record credit and debit card details, were found at seven gas stations during a Wednesday operation by Pasco County Sheriff's Office deputies and the state Department of Agriculture.
Authorities checked 151 stations countywide. Here's where they found skimmers:
• On the Fly BP, 1068 U.S. Alternate 19, Holiday. One skimmer.
• Citgo 52: 7820 State Road 52, Hudson. Three skimmers.
• Jasmine Food & Gas: 10461 U.S. 19, Port Richey. One skimmer.
• 7-Eleven: 18934 U.S. 19, Hudson. One skimmer.
• BP: 6444 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. Four skimmers.
• 7-Eleven: 6001 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey. One skimmer.
• Top King Food Mart/Chevron: 11744 Fort King Road, Dade City. One skimmer.
The Department of Agriculture, on its website, advises consumers to contact authorities and their payment card company if they believe their card number or other information has been compromised.
The department also says consumers might not always be able to detect skimmers, but it offers these tips to avoid becoming a victim:
• Pay in cash or use a credit card inside the store.
• Look for state seals on pump locks or seams indicating the pump has been inspected.
• Check to make sure the gas pump dispenser cabinet is closed and free from signs of tampering.
• Use a pump as close as possible to the gas station entrance.
• Run a payment card as a credit card instead of a debit card if possible.
• Monitor bank and credit card accounts regularly to spot any unauthorized charges.
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