NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (WFLA)- We have an 8 on Your Side alert for drivers hitting the road for the holiday weekend. Inspectors found another skimming devise at a Tampa Bay area gas station.
This time, the skimmer was discovered at the Sunoco station on US 19 in New Port Richey. Any recent customers are urged to check their accounts for charges they did not make. Earlier this year, state inspectors found 103 skimming devises during a three day sting at stations across Florida.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services offers these tips to protect yourself at the pump-
- Pay in cash inside the store to ensure the credit card information stays safe.
- Check to make sure the gas pump dispenser cabinet is closed and has not been tampered with. Many stations now put a piece of security tape over the cabinet to ensure it has not been opened by unauthorized individuals.
- Use a gas pump closer to the front of the store. Thieves often place skimmers at the gas pumps farther away from the store so they are not noticed as quickly.
- Use a credit card instead of a debit card. Credit cards have better fraud protection, and the money is not deducted immediately from an account.
- If using a debit card at the pump, choose to run it as a credit card instead of a debit card. That way, the PIN number is safe.
- Monitor bank accounts regularly to spot any unauthorized charges.
- Consumers who suspect their credit card number has been compromised should report it immediately to authorities and their credit card company.