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'Skimmers' found at Brooksville Hess station

Hernando Today staff report
Published:   |   Updated: February 20, 2014 at 12:41 PM

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BROOKSVILLE - The Hernando County Sheriff's Office is warning residents who gassed up at a local Hess station this week to check their bank statements.

Internal "skimmers" - a small electronic device that captures credit and debit card information - were found at the Hess Gas Station at 26260 Cortez Blvd. in Brooksville at the Spring Lake Highway intersection.

The sheriff's office believes the skimmers were placed in the pumps between 6 p.m. Tuesday evening and 7:15 a.m. Wednesday morning, when a manager discovered the devices.

Patrons who used pumps 1, 2, 7 and 8 since Tuesday morning at the station are urged to cancel their cards and have a new one issued.

Gas receipts will list which pump was used.

Detective Tony Aguiar said Thursday he had received several calls and emails from people who used the pumps during the affected time period, but hadn't received any reports of the card information being used.

Aguiar said this might be because the skimmers were found relatively quickly after being installed, and the suspects might not have been able to access the card information. Aguiar also said card information isn't always used immediately in skimmer fraud instances.

Anyone who observed any suspicious activity at Hess' pumps is asked to contact Aguiar at or call Hernando County Crime Stoppers at 1-866-990-8477.

Victims are asked to contact the sheriff's office to file a report. After your bank deactivates the affected credit or debit card, email Aguiar with the card number and your contact information.

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