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Deputies find Bluetooth skimmer on 7-Eleven gas pump in Seminole

Posted: 4:17 AM, Jul 19, 2019
Updated: 2019-07-19 05:41:56-04
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SEMINOLE, Fla. — The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is warning some 7-Eleven customers that their personal data may be at risk.

Deputies found a credit card skimmer on pump 3 at the 7-Eleven store located at 7612 Starkey Road in Seminole.

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The skimmer communicates via Bluetooth, allowing a criminal to collect a customer's credit card information without having to return to the gas pump.

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Detectives are asking anyone who used the pump to review your bank or credit card statement for fraudulent activity.

Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Nikki Fried says 865 skimmers have been removed from gas pumps in the state in 2019, including 100 in the Tampa Bay area.

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Her department is forming a task force to work with state and local law enforcement agencies to track down and break up "skimmer rings."

Authorities recommend you pay inside the store to avoid falling victim to a gas pump skimming device.

If you believe you are a victim of fradulent activity or know who placed the skimmer on the pump, you are asked to call the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office's non-emergency number at 727-582-6200.