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Movie customers say their credit cards were scammed

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DEL MAR (CBS 8) - Credit card theft accusations are being made against a luxury movie theater.

Two local women say right after they went out for a night of fun at the Cinepolis in Del Mar, someone went to town, spending away on their cards.

The theater was the last place a group of friends used their cards before thousands of dollars worth of unauthorized charges were piling up.

In cases like these, police say employees can take your card and swipe it with a device for someone else to copy those numbers to a blank card.

The victim CBS News 8 spoke to never saw it coming.

"Sure enough...just the beginning."

Jeannie Smith's nightmare began at the Cinepolis in Del Mar on Sunday. 

She was inside one of the luxury theaters with friends ordering food when a waiter came to collect.

"I think that' and the food at the same time."

By Monday, thieves spent about $300 on Smith's credit card. 

Smith says $2,800 was spent with her friend's debit card who's life is in flux while waiting for a replacement. 

Police say customer service employees sometimes are paid to use card skimmers to give credit card numbers to organized thieves. 

In a statement, a Cinepolis spokesperson says: 

"We are extremely concerned by the reports received from our customers and do not tolerate theft of any kind by our employees. We are aggressively investigating these complaints. When our investigation is completed, we will report the results to the customers involved and the authorities."

Smith's claims aren't the first made against the very same theater. 

In October, a woman on Yelp wrote, "be careful with your credit card" there because her information had been stolen too. 

"Somebody three weeks ago...should take care of it."

Smith says she's still waiting on a call from the theater's managers and for her alleged thieves to answer to a judge. 

"I hope they do...go to jail for this."

Police reports have been filed in the two cases, and even the commenter from Yelp says she has filed one to catch the person responsible. 

The victims say their cards were used at a Target in Mira Mesa, the Fashion Valley Mall, and at several gas stations.

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