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Police investigate skimmers at gas stations in North Tampa

TBO.com staff
Published:   |   Updated: January 15, 2014 at 01:00 PM

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Tampa police are looking for the person who installed a skimming device to record personal information from credit and debit cards used at two gas stations in North Tampa.

Between Dec. 17 and 19 someone added the devices at a Hess gas station, 17519 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., and at a Shell station, 17402 Dona Michelle Blvd., according to Tampa police.

Police released photos of a white truck that has been linked to gas purchases that were made by using the stolen information, police said.

Skimming relies on a data-reading device that copies the information in the magnetic strip on a consumer’s credit or debit card, police said. The device can capture both the card number and PIN.

Police remind consumers to:

* Inspect the card reader and area near the PIN pad.

* Look at other nearby gas pumps or ATM card readers to see if they look the same as the one you are using.

* Trust your instincts. If in doubt, use a machine somewhere else.

* Use a credit card over using a debit card.

* Pay inside the gas station instead of outside.

* Monitor your accounts regularly to check for fraudulent activity.

If anyone has information in the case, they should call Tampa police at (813) 242-3800.

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