More victims come forward in Hess skimming scam

11:27 PM, Mar 14, 2014   |    comments
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Hillsborough County, Florida-- Another day, another victim. This time in Hillsborough County.

Vanessa Storey and her son Daniel knew something was wrong when the bank called with bad news.

"It started with a phone call from Chase Bank to our son to alert him to possible fraudulent charges on his debit card," said Vanessa.

About $600 worth of fraudulent charges. Daniel says it happened when he used his debit card at this Hess Express at US 301 and Big Bend Road.

"I just put my debit card in, got my gas and left," said Daniel.

We went in to the Hess station to talk about it with management because Vanessa says when she informed the store of the problem, they weren't too concerned.

"I went to the Hess that he used and told the clerk 'I think you should check your pump because we've had this issue', and they weren't interested. He kept saying they werent liable for the charges and we should deal with the bank- which we had already done," said Vanessa. 

The Storey's aren't the only victims. The Pasco Sheriff's Office says more than 300 people fell victim to credit card skimmers found at a Wesley Chapel Hess station last weekend.

SEE ALSO: 330 credit cards compromised by skimmers 

"I don't want my cards stolen again, so I'm not going to bother showing up at their gas stations anymore," said Daniel.

Hess' corporate office in New York has said they are cooperating with law enforcement in this multi-county investigation, but didn't return our calls Friday. 

We went into the Hillsborough Hess to discuss this problem with management, and just like Vanessa, we too, were dismissed.


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