Alert: Card skimmer found on Sarasota gas pump

Posted at 10:50 AM, Feb 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-11 12:11:54-05

Police found a skimming device at a Sarasota gas station Thursday morning, and they're advising consumers to check their bank statements.

The device was hidden within a pump at the Exxon gas station at 1841 South Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. Employees discovered the skimmer during a routine check of the red anti-tampering tape, which was missing from that particular pump. Thought the checks are routine, it wasn't immediately clear how many transactions -- and therefore consumers -- this skimmer breach will affect.

Sarasota police remind people to always look for the red tape, and to inform gas station employees immediately if it's missing. 

If you think you may have used this gas station recently, or know anyone who might have, make sure to be vigilant about checking your bank statements for suspicious activity. Follow up with your bank if anything seems out of place. 

If you know anything about this particular case, contact Sarasota police at 941-316-1199.