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'New' type of skimmer found inside gas pump in Clearwater

Clearwater police are investigating the device.

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Police say they've discovered a new type of gas pump skimmer targeting credit cards swiped in Clearwater.

Officers say if you recently bought gas at Pump 9 at the 7-Eleven at 205 N. Belcher Road, you should watch your bank or credit card statements closely.

Investigators say they found the skimming device after store workers called them. Authorities describe it as a Bluetooth-equipped skimmer that allows suspects to sit nearby and collect your credit card information without ever having to return to the pump.

"Our detectives always recommend using a credit card instead of a debit card if you choose to pay at the pump," the Clearwater Police Department wrote on Facebook. "It is always safer to pay inside the store, and always the most safe way is to pay cash inside."

If you believe your information was stolen, call your bank. Then, contact the Clearwater Police Department at 727-562-4242.