Skimmer found at gas station pump in Silver Springs
SILVER SPRINGS, Fla.-- Another skimmer, used to steal credit and debit card information was found in a gas pump in Silver Springs Thursday.
This is the forth device recovered by Sheriff Deputies in Marion County since last year. Drivers that use that station say something needs to be done by the store owner.
Tassa Coleman said, "Don't use these pumps and check the pump when you slide your card at any gas station for a skimmer. If you have to wiggle your card around or do anything you have to do to make sure your transaction goes through correctly."
Tassa Coleman and her husband Jack say they were not surprised to hear that the Marathon gas station on East Highway 40 had a skimmer inside one of their pumps.
Tassa says she went inside to speak with the store owner about the pump. And after the two began to argue, Tassa says she's never coming back.
Tassa Coleman said, "Don't use any ones here; the owner is not worried about it. Obviously they are only thinking about themselves because they're not coming out and taking care of the pumps. They're not double checking them; they're not making sure that we're safe. Do not use this one.”
The store owners say she contacted the pump's technician shortly after customers began to complain about the pump acting strangely.
Marion county sheriff deputies were later called out to come remove the skimmer while, the owner put that pump out of order.
Deputies say the safest way to pay for gas is to use cash, but if you're going to use a card, make sure when you insert it into the machine that all of your numbers reset to zero before you begin to pump.
Since 2015, state officials have seized 81 skimming devices including three in North Central Florida.
And since agencies are not sure what gas pumps may have them inside, they're urging customers to be on alert.
Lauren Lettelier said, "Just make sure that you are very cautious and a very smart consumer at the pump. Please make sure to do everything you can to make sure that this scam does not end up happening to you.”
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