Gas station owner says he’s doing everything he can to protect consumers from skimmers

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – Lori Daly says her son had just received his first debit card and used it to gas up at a 7-Eleven on Fishhawk Boulevard.

“It was his first time using his debit card, and two days later we found some fraudulent charges on his account. I called the bank. I had them reversed and then I immediately called the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office,” Daly said.

The 7-Eleven franchise is located at 16781 Fishhawk Boulevard. The owner says he’s doing everything he can to protect consumers.

“There is a special lock, with a special key that you can’t copy anywhere. In addition, there is a sticker on there that anybody moves it off the lock will show it’s been compromised,” Kal Khatib said.

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A number of people in the Fishhawk Ranch area have complained on a neighborhood Facebook page that their credit cards have been compromised too.

Khatib isn’t convinced it’s happening at his station. “We in the business to take care of the customers. We’re going to make sure our customers are happy and there are no issues with the customers,” he said.

The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office recommends that consumers not use debit cards to pay at gas pumps, and suggests they should use credit cards instead or pay inside whenever possible.

Daly says she was able to get the charges reversed on her son’s debit card but admits it’s frustrating. “What was most aggravating is that it just kept going on,” she said.

The sheriff’s office is asking anyone who’s had a credit or debit card compromised recently at a gas station to file an official police report so deputies can investigate.

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