Posted in: Gas Prices,
by Patrick DeHaan on Feb 25, 2014 01:11 PM
Cheers go to a manager of a Hess station in Brooksville, Florida after discovering skimming devices placed on several gasoline dispensers. The devices appeared to lack wireless technology, which means that its unlikely the thieves were able to retrieve the data that the skimmers stole, according to the local sheriff's department.
According to reports, the devices were "internal," which means there isn't a way they could have been detected by the consumers filling up at the station. Hernando County Sheriff's detectives said the skimmers were placed within the pumps between 6:00 p.m. on Feb. 18, 2014, and 7:15 a.m. on Feb. 19, 2014, and placed only on pumps Nos. 1, 2, 7 and 8.
The local sheriff's office said it's working closely with the United States Secret Service at the gas station, who did an analysis of the skimmers. Officials soon discovered over 340 credit card numbers on the devices, but there were no signs that the data was transmitted, again- because the devices apparently lacked wireless transmission. As a result, officials believe that the credit card numbers stored were not yet compromised.
In a statement to the public, officials with the sheriff's office asked the public to check your receipt to determine which pump number you used and to contact the issuing bank to issue a new card number where necessary.
In the statement, local officials said there are many ways that suspects can steal a customer's financial information. "Many of them are undetectable to you no matter how cautious you are," it said. "The best way to protect yourself is to check your financial accounts as often as possible to identify and report suspected fraud charges."