Tampa, Florida -- Credit card information from gas station pumps at two stations in Tampa may have been compromised after suspects used a device to collect credit card data.
People who used their credit card to pay-at-the-pump at the Hess Station at 17519 Bruce B. Downs and the Shell Station at 17402 Donna Michelle Boulevard between Dec. 17 through Dec. 19 may have had their data compromised through suspects using a card skimming scam.
Skimming relies on data-reading electronics to copy the magnetic stripe information from consumer's credit card or debit card. It can capture both the credit card number and PIN.
Tips for keeping your card safe from skimmers:
- Inspect the card reader and the area near the PIN pad
- Look at other nearby gas pumps or ATMs card readers to see if they match the one you are using
- Trust your instincts. If in doubt, use another machine somewhere else
- Use a credit card over using a debit card
- If you use a debit card, avoid entering your PIN
- Pay inside the gas station
- Be sure to monitor your accounts regularly for any fraudulent activity