Two credit card skimmers discovered at Sarasota gas station
SARASOTA - If you filled up at the Citgo gas station at the corner of Fruitville Rd. and Beneva Rd. lately you might want to double check your bank account for fraudulent charges. Sarasota Police Street Crimes Unit together with the Dept. of Agriculture checking gas pumps around the City of Sarasota Wednesday morning. SPD Public Information Officer Genevieve Judge says all 17 stations located within the city were checked and two skimming devices were discovered, on pump numbers 1 and 3 at the Citgo.
“You know nowadays with the technology that the criminals have it’s almost impossible to know because a lot of these skimming devices are placed inside the pumps and are read through Bluetooth devices. That is what we found here today the two skimmers were actually inside the gas pumps, no sign from what I understand from the outside that they were on the inside," says Judge.
She says safety tips like using cash or the credit card option for the transaction and choosing a pump close to the entrance of the store may help protect you. Anyone with information on this case to contact SPD or leave a tip anonymously with crime stoppers at 941-366-TIPS.