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St. Pete Police warn of skimmers on gas pumps

St. Pete Police warn of skimmers on gas pumps

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (970 WFLA) – St. Petersburg Police say a fraudulent credit card skimming devices were found at gas pumps in St. Pete.

Police say they received reports Tuesday afternoon of devices found at one of the self serve gas pumps at the Circle K/Shell gas station at 10600 Roosevelt Blvd North and a similar device at a Circle K/Shell station in the unincorporated Largo area earlier this week.

Police say it's likely that more skimmers have been placed on ATMs or gas pumps in the Pinellas/Tampa Bay area, they want everyone to be on the lookout for these devices whenever using their credit cards at these types of locations. 

Police say indications that a skimmer has been placed on a machine are:

1. wires seen sticking out of the card reader.

2. the card reader is loose or appears damaged.

3. tape or tape residue on the card reader slot.

4. the card reader looks different, or off color from the rest of the machine.

Police say if a fraudulent device appears to be affixed to the machine, notify the bank/store management and make sure the local police have been contacted. It is also recommended that you frequently go online and check your accounts for unusual or unauthorized activity. If noted, contact your bank or credit card  company immediately.

Photo Credit 970 WFLA/K. Norman



 

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