HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — People in the Fishhawk Ranch area have been complaining a lot recently about skimming devices at gas pumps. A Facebook page for neighborhood residents is filled with complaints about the issue.
“Why are we still giving this place our business? This is an everyday problem. Boycott them, that will give them the message when people stop going there,” one person commented.
Paul Burke tells 8 On Your Side his credit card has been compromised six times recently because of suspected skimming devices. “It’s frustrating. It seems like it’s a victim-less crime, but it takes a lot of effort and time to have the charges reversed and to get your life back on track,” Burke said.
Many of the complaints on the Facebook page for Fishhawk Ranch involve a 7-Eleven on Fishhawk Boulevard.
The Florida Department of Agriculture is in charge of inspecting gas station pumps. A department spokesman says the pumps at this gas station have been inspected recently and no skimming devices were found.
Larry McKinnon with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office says people should file police reports if they notice a problem on their credit card bills. “Pick up the phone and call law enforcement because not only are you probably getting scammed, but (there are) other people who are going to be utilizing those pumps that are going to get scammed as well,” McKinnon said.
News Channel 8 attempted to reach 7-Eleven for comment but no one from the store responded to calls or emails. The Florida Department of Agriculture tells 8 On Your Side they will send an inspector back to the station to check for skimming devices.