Gas Pump Skimmers Found All Over Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ Florida consumers filling up at the gas pump may have had their credit card information stolen.

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam said Thursday that a sweep of more than 6,000 gas stations led to the discovery of “skimmers” in 81 locations. The devices enable someone to illegally obtain credit card and debit card information.

The devices were found on gas station pumps stretching from Miami-Dade County all the way to Florida’s Panhandle. Most were found in South Florida. But Putnam said in an interview that people should not assume they are safe just because they live in a rural area.

Putnam said that the information about the “skimmers” was being given to law-enforcement authorities to investigate. He said that his office would continue to sweep through gas stations.

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