It was Bad Santa in Martin County, Florida, when bank and law enforcement officials uncovered a skimming incident at Bank of America ATMs. Dozens of bank customers in Martin County last week became victims of an automatic teller machine scam which allows the thieves to swipe card information and steal money. At least $50,000 from customer accounts was stolen through the scam, which law enforcement officials called “skimming.” The thieves place a wireless skimmer and micro-camera on the ATM to capture personal information from unsuspecting card holders. The thieves retrieve the devices and make duplicate cards using the PIN numbers captured on the cameras, authorities said.

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