Customers buying gas at the busy Hess Station at Cortez and Spring Lake Boulevard in Brooksville may be the victims of a huge fraud.
Just like similar incidents in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties, investigators say thieves installed hidden skimmers to steal credit card information from cards swiped at the pump.
The skimmers at the Hess were internal with no visible signs outside the gas pump. That means people buying gas had no idea their credit card data was being ripped off.
The crooks used a key to get inside the electronics of the pump, where they installed 4 devices and waited for you fill up.
"Some of the devices are set up wirelessly, where an individual can sit in a basically in a gas station parking lot with a computer ... can steal the information without ever actually going back to the pump," said Detective Tony Aguiar with the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.
Regular customer Jeff Girard knows all about credit card theft. He's had his credit card number stolen before.
"Now I gotta go check my bank statement," said Girard.
Pay cash is one way to avoid skimmers. The other: swipe your card inside. Once the bad guys have your credit card number, they can quickly run up your bill.
"Make any type of on-line purchase, they can sell them to other criminals, associates, stuff like that," Detective Aguiar said.
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