My first response is how in the world does one have the time without being caught of putting skimmers on a gas pump? I would think that someone would have the balls to place cameras and find a solution to stop people from going into the tanks and doing such acts. What is sadder is that Florida is one of the biggest cities where people go to get away. Out of all states, I feel it’s extremely important to make sure that people do not fall victim to these acts while enjoying time away. Florida needs to get their shit together. I find that most of the unnecessary shit that goes on in the world happens in this state. Here is a piece of an article on the situation below.
“Credit card skimmers were found on six pumps at a South Tampa gas station Friday.The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service is inspecting gas pumps as part of a statewide crackdown on the devices. Skimmers were found on pumps 1-6 at the 1 Stepp Food Store and Marathon gas station, located at 4001 S. MacDill Avenue, during an inspection July 19, according to records obtained from the state.
Since July 1, 17 skimmers have been found on pumps at Bay Area gas stations.
Three skimmers were found at the Jump Start Gas & Deli/BP, on Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Brandon; one was found July 2 and two more were found July 16.
In Clearwater, a Bluetooth skimmer was found July 16 on a pump at 7-Eleven on North Belcher Road.
Two skimmers were found at Perfect Station/Sunoco on Belcher Road in Dunedin July 2.
At a 7-Eleven in Seffner, a skimmer was found on a pump July 15.
In Northeast Tampa, three skimmers were found July 2 on pumps at Hamners Mobil on Fletcher Ave.
At a Citgo gas station in Land O Lakes, one skimmer was found July 3.
One skimmer was found at the Quick In Quick Out Food Store/Citgo on N Washington Blvd. in Sarasota July 16.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Service gives the following tips to protect yourself from credit card skimmer fraud:
- Pay in cash or use a credit card inside the store.
- Check for security tape on pump locks or seams indicating the pump has been inspected.
- Check to make sure the gas pump dispenser cabinet is closed and does not appear to have been tampered with.
- Use a gas pump closer to the front of the store.
- Use a credit card chip reader if it is available.
- If using a debit card at the pump, choose to run it as a credit card instead of entering a PIN number.
- Monitor bank and credit card 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”
After reading this article all I can say is that this is a damn shame! Florida get your shit together!!
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