Credit card skippers found on Destin gas pumps

Published 3:04 pm Thursday, March 26, 2015


The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the discovery of credit card skimmers found on pumps at two Destin area gas stations Wednesday.

These devices allow credit card information to be stolen from the consumer and used to create new credit cards. This card information is either sold or used by the thieves to make purchases.

Here are some tips to avoid this credit card fraud activity:

• Check to make sure the gas pump dispenser cabinet is closed and has not been tampered with. Many stations are now putting a piece of security tape over the cabinet to ensure it has not been opened by unauthorized individuals.

• Try to use a gas pump closer to the front of the store. Thieves often place skimmers at the gas pumps further away from the store so they aren’t noticed as quickly.

• Use a credit card instead of a debit card. Credit cards have better fraud protection and the money is not deducted immediately from an account.