Careful where you dip your card. In a three-month state inspection of 7,500 Florida gas pumps, 103 credit skimmers were found statewide, Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam said Tuesday.
But don't worry – only three were in Orlando and Winter Park. They are:
- 7-Eleven #35825, 10254 Curry Ford Road in Orlando (two skimmers found)
- Macon Parkway Citgo, 20733 Macon Parkway in Orlando
- Mobil Mart #46659, 203 N. Semoran Blvd. in Winter Park
Also, in Orange, Seminole and Lake counties:
- 7-Eleven #27426, 13698 W. Colonial Drive in Winter Garden
- Winter Springs Mobil, 1205 E. State Road 434 in Winter Springs
- Express Shop 7-Eleven #39370, 13800 S. Greater Hills Blvd. in Clermont
- Express Shop Hess #9758, 4415 S. Highway 27 in Clermont
The small devices used to steal credit and debit information are almost impossible to detect, unless you know what you're looking for. About 2 inches long, they're installed over the regular card-dip device.
Sometimes the thieves block gas-station clerks' view with a car while installing the device, but Putnam says that the Florida Petroleum Council and the Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association would help combat the problem by training station employees how to detect skimmers and to check regularly for their presence.
As stations begin to check and secure their pumps, they'll install security tape. Torn security tape is one indication that a pump may have been tampered with, Putnam says (see image, right).
Just one skimmer can capture hundreds of card numbers, which can be used for purchases immediately or sold to rack up thousands of dollars in debt for unsuspecting card users.