Police in Florida are sounding the alarm again about a high-tech form of theft that’s been around for a few years: bluetooth gas pump skimmers.
Another of the devices was discovered recently at a Clearwater 7-Eleven.
“Watch your bank or credit card statements closely,” the Clearwater Police Department posted on its Facebook page Tuesday.
The bluetooth-equipped devices let thieves access victims’ credit card information “without ever having to come back to the pump,” police said.
Detectives said it’s safer to use a credit card than a debit card at gas pumps, and even safer to pay with cash inside.
“It literally takes seconds for a pro to jimmy one of these doors open and plug in a skimmer,” a former gas station manager posted as a comment on the department’s Facebook post.
Other commenters chimed in with suggestions including buying gas cards.
Publix, for instance, occasionally offers discounts on gas cards with grocery purchases.
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