Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Secret Service Team Up in ‘Credit Card Skimmer Sweep’
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard Sheriff // March 12, 2021
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – I had a great time yesterday working with Agents from our Economic Crimes Task Force as they partnered with the United States Secret Service and Department of Agriculture to conduct a “credit card skimmer sweep” at various gas stations throughout Brevard County.
Throughout the day Agents from the various agencies physically inspected gas pumps at various Brevard County stations in an effort to locate hidden credit card skimmers that capture the credit card numbers of unsuspecting customers.
Wednesday’s sweep located 3 credit card skimmers that were hidden inside the gas pumps and without question helped prevent thousands of citizens from becoming victims of credit card fraud.
In 2017 there were over 250 gas stations in Brevard County that were vulnerable to “credit card skimmers.”
Thanks in part to the aggressive actions of Lead Agent Justin Wood of our Economic Crimes Task Force, our partnership with the United States Secret Service and Department of Agriculture, and the cooperation of our station owners, there are now less than 10 stations throughout our community that have vulnerable gas pumps which put our citizens credit cards at risk of compromise.
Please join me in thanking our entire team and our partners for their incredible work and effort to protect our citizens from becoming crime’s next victim!!
– Sheriff Wayne Ivey
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