On Tuesday, results of a statewide sweep of gas stations to locate “skimmers” are expected to be released. Skimmers are devices placed on gas pumps that steal consumers’ financial information.
Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam will hold a press conference Tuesday afternoon in Winter Park to reveal just how many of our gas stations are the target of scammers who are trying to gain access to customers’ credit card accounts.
The state wants consumers to be more vigilant at the gas pump to make sure a skimmer inside these credit card devices doesn’t steal our personal account information.
The Florida Petroleum Council, which represents Florida gas stations, is targeting this threat head on.
James Miller, with the Florida Petroleum marketers said, “We ask the convenience stores to go out and check three times a day for skimmers. We also ask consumers to be proactive if anything looks off lets us know.”
Last month, 8 On Your Side found 16 skimmers were placed on Bay area pumps. The devices can be so sophisticated that in some cases – you can’t see them.
So now the question is, will gas stations be forced to take more action to protect their customers?
Experts tell 8 On Your Side that people should look at the gas pumps for any tampering. Or to be safe, either pay with cash or use a credit or debit card inside the store.
Stay with WFLA.com for results later today.
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