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Skimmer found on 7-Eleven gas pump near Boynton Beach

7-Eleven at 4900 Le Chalet Blvd. near Boynton Beach
Posted at 9:31 AM, Mar 05, 2020

SOUTHERN PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — If you recently purchased gas at a 7-Eleven in southern Palm Beach County, check your bank and credit card statements.

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The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday that management at a store, located on 4900 Le Chalet Blvd. near Boynton Beach, was conducting routine service on the pumps.

PBSO said the skimmer is believed to have been connected to the gas pumps for several hours.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services inspects gas pumps at gas stations across the state.

However, inspectors have found skimmers at the facility before in December 2019 and November 2018.

“Florida is known for beaches, oranges, Disney, but also fraud — we are the top state for scams, we can’t let that continue. Skimmers are a huge and growing part of that fraud, these devices are placed inside gas pumps and often undetectable by consumers, which is why awareness is so important. It’s crucial that people are aware of exactly what to look out for, because each skimmer can defraud consumers up to a million dollars,” said Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried in a statement.

Officials are asking drivers who may have purchased gas at the station to check their accounts and report unauthorized charges to their bank or credit card companies.

Complaints about skimming devices should also be filed with FDACS online at FloridaConsumerHelp.com or by calling 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352).