LAKELAND, Fla. – Police are investigating an incident where 10 debit cardholders had their card data and personal identification numbers stolen at a gas station’s pumps into which thieves had inserted skimming devices, according to WESH, a local news outlet. The devices, which could not be seen from outside the pump, recorded the card and PIN data and then thieves retrieved the machine and downloaded the data to a laptop. The actual robberies took place from ATMs which were accessed with dummy cards and the cardholders’ PINs. Police did not say they were investigating the gas station operator and suggested that the devices had been placed in pumps which were farthest from the sight of the attendant in the busy station. They advised consumers who use their cards to buy gas to choose pumps close to the attendant’s booth since those would be the most difficult with which to tamper.

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