Sarasota Police Department urging customers to check their bank statements
On Monday, Nov. 6, seven “skimming” devices were discovered on gas pumps at Quik (formally known as the Dodge Store), located at 3580 Fruitville Road in Sarasota, the Sarasota Police Department announced on Nov. 7.
The store is at the Beneva Road intersection.
“It’s unknown how long the devices were on the pumps,” a news release says, but according to the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Protection, the the pumps were checked on April 3.
An inspector with the department was conducting another routine check of the pumps this week when he found the skimming devices, the release points out. “The owner of Quik said he did not have any knowledge of the devices,” the release adds; he told officers the pumps were installed approximately one year ago. “The owner also said he had not received any complaints from customers in reference to any additional charges,” the release says.
The Police Department is offering the following tips to help customers stay safe at fuel pumps:
- Choose a fuel pump that is close to the entrance of a store.
- Use a credit card for the transaction, not a debit card or
pay inside and use cash.
“The Sarasota Police Department is encouraging customers who may have recently purchased gas at Quik to pay close attention to bank accounts and look for any unknown transactions, regardless of how small they may be,” the release stresses. If anything seems suspicious, customers are encouraged to contact their banks immediately, the release adds.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Police Department at 316-1199, leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 366-TIPS or go online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com.