NEW PORT RICHEY — A July 31 sweep in Hernando County found no illegal credit or debit card skimmer devices at any of the 63 fueling stations checked by sheriff’s deputies and agents from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
A similar sweep in Pasco County didn’t turn out as well.
The Pasco Sheriff’s Office announced Aug. 8 that a sweep conducted the previous day by deputies and Department of Agriculture petroleum inspectors, found skimmers at nine of the 147 fuel stations inspected.
The Pasco locations where the skimmers were found, according to the Sheriff’s Office, are:
• 7-Eleven No. 17223 — 6001 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey, Pump No. 3.
• Citgo — 9039 Ridge Road, New Port Richey, Pump No. 3.
• 7-Eleven — 38544 Fifth Ave., Zephyrhills, Pump No. 2.
• BP — 4109 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Land O’ Lakes, Pump No. 5.
• 7-Eleven — 13440 State Road 54, New Port Richey, Pump No. 1.
• 7-Eleven — 9036 Little Road, New Port Richey, Pump No. 16.
• 7-Eleven — 6315 Rowan Road, New Port Richey, Pump No. 12.
• 7-Eleven — 4540 Rowan Road, New Port Richey, Pump No. 12.
• 7-Eleven — 7320 State Road 54, New Port Richey, Pump No. 12.
In the wake of the discoveries, the Sheriff’s Office is urging consumers who might have purchased fuel from any of these pumps with credit or debit cards to contact the financial institutions that issued the cards and notify them of the possible data breach. In addition, the Sheriff’s Office is recommending that consumers check their financial institution statements and report any suspicious transaction to Sheriff’s Office dispatch by calling 727-847-8102, Option 7.