Gov. Rick Scott on Friday signed into law a bill designed to protect consumers from “skimmers” at gas station pumps.
Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam made the bill cracking down on skimmers — devices used to steal credit card information — one of his top priorities in the legislative session, as his office has worked to eradicate on the use of skimmers in Florida.
The bill, SB 912, was one of 14 signed into law by Scott on Friday. It goes into effect Oct. 1, and requires gas stations to have security devices on pumps to combat skimmers, while also stiffening penalties on credit card fraud.
State Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, and Rep. Dana Young, R-Tampa, sponsored the measure.
• Requiring self-service fuel dispensers to use certain security measures to prevent theft of consumer financial information. The Senate bill calls for at a minimum, the placement of security tape over the panel opening that leads to the scanning device.
• Increasing enforcement authority against those who either possess or traffic in fraudulent credit cards.
• Reclassifying the crime of unlawful conveyance of fuel, which increases the maximum sentence.
• Increasing the offense level of the crime, which affects the sentencing guidelines.