Consumer group calling for more investigation into gas station skimmers

TAMPA, FL (WFLA) – Paul Burke discovered charges that were not his on his debit card and wondered what happened.

It happened to Burke over and over again.

“My credit card has been stolen six times or was in 2015,” said Burke.

Greg Laskoski with says it’s a crime that’s happening all over the country, but in Florida it’s happening in two areas much more than the rest of the state.

“The majority of those instances have occurred in Orlando and Tampa. They’ve been elsewhere throughout the state, but there’s been a heavy concentration, last year that’s where the greatest concentration occurred,” said Laskoski.

The Florida State Department of Agriculture is responsible for inspecting gas pumps to look for skimming devices. Laskoski says the devices are about the size of a deck of cards and once they are installed by a criminal inside a gas pump they are impossible for a consumer to detect. has asked for more information about the crime from the state department of agriculture.

Laskoski also believes the U.S. Secret Service should begin an investigation because of the credit card fraud. Laskoski is also urging consumers to report instances of credit card fraud to local law enforcement.

“You can’t just leave it at that you still need to report the problem to the local police, so they can really document the number of incidents and then address that problem accordingly. If they don’t know exactly how many of these cases are happening and where they’re happening they can’t identify patterns,” said Laskoski. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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