- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 19, 2015

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Officials with Florida’s Department of Agriculture say 103 skimmer devices that are used for identity theft have been discovered at more than 7,500 gas stations it inspected.

The agency announced its findings Tuesday. The report comes after three months of investigation by inspectors who visited 7,571 stations in a statewide sweep.

It was part of an initiative with the Florida Petroleum Council and Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association to educate the industry about ways to protect consumers from skimmers.

At least one skimmer was found in 29 Florida counties. Miami-Dade had the most with 16, followed by Palm Beach with 11 and Broward with nine. Six skimmers apiece were discovered in Brevard, Hillsborough and Orange counties.

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