- Associated Press - Friday, April 28, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Possessing or selling a credit card skimmer could become a third-degree felony under a bill going to Gov. Rick Scott.

The House and Senate unanimously passed the bill on Friday.

Florida already has a law making it illegal to use the devices to steal credit card information but does not outlaw the mere possession of the devices.

People possessing or selling skimmers could face up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine if the bill becomes law.

It would take effect Oct. 1.

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