Panama City, FL –
BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) – Three people were arrested Friday for allegedly skimming credit card numbers at a local gas station.
During the week of February 8, the Bay County Sheriff’s Office Financial Crimes Unit and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services – Farm Law Enforcement Office found a gas station credit card skimmer during a proactive sweep in Bay County. Then the unit learned that someone was operating the same gas pump.
During a search of the suspect’s car, investigators found numerous credit card skimmers – electronic equipment used to remotely retrieve stolen credit card data and cards with re-encoded credit card data.
Investigators arrested Tomas Bello, 48, and Nolsen Sendra-Gonzalez, 36, of Orlando, Fla., And Sergio Perez-Cairo, 33, of Miami.
With the help of the Lynn Haven Police Department, the suspects were arrested and transported to the Bay County Sheriff’s Office.
Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford is urging everyone to use credit cards rather than debit cards when paying for gas at the pump. By using a credit card, the user has protection against fraud from the card company. When a debit card is skimmed, the suspect can learn PIN numbers that give him full access to the account.
The public is also encouraged to examine the pump before paying. Specifically, make sure that the tamper-proof security strip is intact. If the strip is not intact, immediately notify the gas station attendant, Bay County Sheriff’s Office, or Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Finally, always check card statements and put in place fraud protections. If you determine that there has been fraudulent activity on your account, notify law enforcement and the credit card company.
Bello has been charged with Possession of a Credit Card Skimming Device, Possession of Burglary Tools, Unauthorized Access to an Electronic Device and Criminal Use of Personally Identifiable Information.
Cairo has been charged with possession of a credit card skimming device and unauthorized access to an electronic device.
Sendra-Gonzalez has been charged with four counts of possession of a credit card skimming device, trafficking of counterfeit credit cards and tampering with evidence.
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected.
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