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More Hess skimmers: How to protect yourself when you fill up

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Wesley Chapel, Florida -- Another Hess Gas Station has been hit by scammers, this time in Wesley Chapel.

With hundreds affected, police say the investigation is just beginning.

"Since the news stories began airing yesterday we have received a large number of phone calls from people who believe they are victims in this case," said Pasco Co. Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Melanie Snow.

That's because police say the incidents are connected and possibly more than 650 credit cards have been compromised.

Unlike the older skimming devices, the skimmer found at the Wesley Chapel Hess gas station was placed inside the pump, which requires a key to access. Travlers are encouraged to pay close attention to their surroundings before filling up.

Scams like this are affecting people who are just passing through the area, unaware of the events.  

"I'm aware of scams, but I was not aware of any scam going on in this area," says travler Tony Payne.

"It's a big corridor and we get a lot of people who pass through that area," Snow said. "I anticipate this case to be very broad in scope in its investigation."

10 News has reached out to Hess headquarters in New York for comment on the skimmers and when they knew about them, but they have yet to respond.

If you have any information on who may have put the skimmers on the pumps, please call the Pasco Sheriff's Office at 727-844-7711 with information or click the TIPS tab on the sheriff's office website,www.pascosheriff.org.

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