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Gas pump skimmers found at 7-Eleven in Sarasota

Posted: 3:27 PM, Nov 11, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-11 15:27:34-05
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SARASOTA, Fla. -- Police are warning drivers about credit card and ATM card skimmers after officers spotted two at a popular gas station.

The Sarasota Police Department said two skimming devices were found at a 7-Eleven at 1150 North Tuttle Avenue Monday morning.

One skimming deveice was spotted on pump #11 and another was found on pump #12, police said.

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It is unknown when the devices were placed on the pumps. Police said the pumps were inspected on October 9, 2019.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call Sarasota police at 941-263-6070.

Law enforcement leaders are urging you to pay inside the station when possible, use a credit card which is safer than a debit card and sign up for fraud alerts from your bank. You should also try to use the pumps closest to the station with ample lighting.

"With each skimmer, there is the potential for a million dollars in fraud against consumers. We take this crime very seriously," Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried said earlier in the year.

Florida is also forming a statewide task force and tracking down and breaking up skimmer crime rings.