Stolen credit card info at Hess and Shell gas stations pumps in New Tampa

7:10 PM, Jan 15, 2014   |    comments
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The white truck in these photos has made fuel purchases with some of the compromised credit card data


Tampa, Florida -- Police are asking Tampa drivers to pay extra attention when paying at the pump at gas stations. 

Two local gas stations reported several of the pumps being broken into and hacked. Hess Express off Bruce B Downs Boulevard and the Shell Circle K one block away at Dona Michelle Boulevard has a few pups with "skimmer" devices inside of them that copy the bank information from the strip on credit cards.

Gas station attendants are trying to stop the problem by using stickers over the pump boxes. If the pumps are forced open the sticker will break. 

Some drivers are aware of this type of gas pump tampering. 

"I know the scammers, they put a thing behind there, so I know if the seal isn't  there then you know it's been tampered with or chance of so don't even use it. I don't," said Lance Garge as he filled up his gas tank at the Shell station that had been targeted.

Skimmers are most commonly used at gas stations, restaurants and ATMS. To avoid credit card theft, station attendants always advise drivers go inside to pay. 

Hess Corporate's Director of Communication released this statement:

"We proactively monitor our dispensers and involve local law enforcement officials immediately if a breach is detected."

Police are looking for the driver of a white truck with a trailer attached. 

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