SARASOTA, FL -- Deputies are alerting the public after finding a credit card skimmer at a Sarasota gas station Monday.

It was found at a gas pump at a BP in the 1600 block of N. Lockwood Ridge Rd at around 2:30pm. The skimmer was removed and collected as evidence.

If you’ve gotten gas there, check your bank statements for suspicious transactions. Here are some safety tips from the Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Pay with cash inside the store when possible. If you don't have cash, use a credit card instead of a debit card. Credit cards have better fraud protection.
  • Check for signs of tampering at the pump. This includes a broken security seal over the door. If something seems out of place, notify gas station personnel.
  • Monitor bank statements regularly to spot unauthorized charges. If something doesn't add up, contact your bank immediately.

And if you have information about the skimming devices, call the sheriff’s office at 941-861-4900 or submit an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers of Sarasota County by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477).