Customers who purchased gas there advised to pay close attention to their credit card statements
About 4 p.m. on Monday, July 13, a suspected skimming device was found at the 7-Eleven located at 1150 N. Tuttle Ave. in Sarasota, the Sarasota Police Department has reported.
Officers were called to the station after an inspection service employee, who was checking the pumps, found the suspected device inside pump No. 11, a Police Department news release explains. The pump last was inspected on June 11, the release notes.
The Police Department is encouraging customers who may have purchased gas at the 7-Eleven to pay close attention to bank and credit card accounts and to look for any transactions they do not recognize, “regardless of how small they may be,” the release emphasizes. “If anything seems suspicious, customers are encouraged to contact their bank immediately.”
Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Sarasota Police Department Criminal Investigations Division at 941-263-6070; leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS; or going online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com.
The Sarasota Police Department has offered the following safety tips for customers, to help them stay safe at fuel pumps:
- Choose a fuel pump that is close to the entrance of the store.
- Use a credit card for the transaction, not a debit card.
- Pay inside and use cash.