NEWS RELEASE                                             

For Immediate Release
December 12, 2008
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
  (850) 651-7420


     The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office is investigating a scam that allowed someone to steal both the ATM card number and PIN numbers of customers using a Bank of America ATM machine on the corner of Eglin Parkway and Yacht Club Drive during the weekends of November 8 and November 15th.

     Investigators are working with security officers from the Bank of America to determine exactly how the thieves were able to obtain the information.  To date, the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office has received reports from eleven individuals believed affected.

     Anyone with information on the crime is asked to contact the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office at 850-651-7400 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 850-863-TIPS.

    During the holiday season, be alert to the potential for credit card scams, keep close tabs on your accounts, and review all statements.