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Credit card skimmer found at Lake County gas station, police say

Anyone with concerns about their card information urged to call police

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GROVELAND, Fla. – Groveland police are warning customers to check their bank statements after credit card skimmer was found at a gas station along U.S. 27.

State inspectors found skimmer placed inside a pump near the Shell gas station along U.S. 27. and the turnpike exit, while people were trying to evacuate during Hurricane Irma. 

Police said if you have any concerns about your credit card being compromised give them a call. 

Here are some tips to use to avoid becoming victim to a skimmer:

-Pay inside with cash whenever possible.

-Use the gas pumps closest to the store, because criminals generally place skimmers on the farthest pump, since it's less likely they'll be discovered.

-Make sure the gas cabinet is closed, and the security tape is intact. Check around to make sure none of the pieces wiggle or jiggle.

-Shield the PIN as it is entered. Even if no one is around, criminals have been known to install hidden cameras near skimmers to record PIN entries.

-When using a debit card, run it as credit so there is no PIN entry.

-Monitor financial statements regularly. Report any suspected credit card theft to the authorities and the bank immediately.

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