• 9 Investigates: Arrests made in Orange County credit card skimming scheme


    ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - State investigators caught four men using information from 144 stolen credit cards at an Orange County gas station.

    The men were arrested Tuesday at a Shell Station in trucks designed to carry fuel.

    Investigators said they had stacks of stolen credit cards that they would swipe at the pump and start filling the truck tanks with diesel fuel, which in turn would've been sold on the black market.

    "By the time I got back here in Central Florida, they had spent $9,999 on my card," fraud victim Lucky Lowe said.

    Lowe said he thinks about credit card fraud every time he fills up his tank.

    State agents with the department of agriculture and consumer services said fraud from skimming devices is a growing problem.

    "You're most at risk at a fuel point of sale. That's the No.1 location that skimmers are deployed," said Andrew Cobb of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

    When drivers swipe, those devices nab their credit card information and that information is used for other criminal enterprises.

    The men arrested were identified as Yunier Pelier-Rey, Alejandro Rodriguez, William Gonzalez and Armando Gonzalez.

    "That's what it's all about.  They make money off of it," Cobb said.

    Skimmers at gas pumps aren't the only way to get consumers’ credit card information.

    Restaurants where customers hand their cards to a server can put you at risk, and stores can have skimmers, too.

    Criminals can use phone or email phishing scams as well.

    Public computer data breaches can also leave consumers exposed.

    "Today, I forgot my credit card. I'm using cash. So I don't have to worry about it," said Lowe.

    The credit cards with the chips are helping cut down on the fraud, but gas station pumps are the last to get the technology because they have to replace the pumps and they're expensive.

    The credit card industry is giving stations until October of next year to make the switch.

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