JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Skimmers that could steal your credit card information have been found on four local gas pumps in the 30 days, data obtained from the Florida Department of Consumer and Agricultural Services by First Coast News shows.
The findings are part of a major crack down on skimmers by the agency that we first reported on Tuesday.
Skimmers were found at two stations in Duval County:
- One at St. Nicholas Food Mart at 3260 Beach Boulevard
- Two at Kangaroo Express at 721 Chaffee Road (reported on Tuesdsay)
Skimmers were also found at the Kirby Marathon station at 3586 W. US Highway 90 in Lake City.
The skimmers were removed from the three stations and correction notices were issued to Kirby Marathon and St. Nicholas Food Mart for not having taken correct prevention measures.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services inspected nearly 500 gas stations last week in popular Spring Break destinations for skimmers and uncovered eight devices.
It may not sound like a lot, but each skimmer averages around 100 cards per device with an average of $1,000 stolen from each victim.
So how do you protect yourself from a skimmers at the pump?
First, pay inside when possible, whether paying with cash or a card.
Second, always use the pumps closest to the store, skimmers are often located on the pumps farthest from the store.
Third, always use a credit versus a debit transaction so you don't compromise your pin number.
Fourth, make a visual inspection of the pump for any noticeable break in seals
Finally, make it a habit to check your bank account statement at least once a month just in case someone may have stolen your information.