The Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department announced today it is continuing an investigation regarding the fraudulent use of credit and debit cards that was first reported approximately three weeks ago.
While today’s statement from KCSD does not specifically identify the investigation, on June 29 at least 31 employees of Symmetry Medical in Warsaw reported unauthorized access of their credit/debit cards.
Symmetry has not officially released any details and the KSCD says no local company was involved in any criminal or fraudulent act.
Several local banks, including Teachers Credit Union, Lake City Bank, PNC and MutualBank are among those where customers are claiming someone fraudulently used their accounts to purchase airline tickets and iPads. At least one person reported an unauthorized credit report was purchased for $150 on her account.
Again, while KCSD detectives have not identified what case they are investigating, the statement says they have determined the breach did not happen locally. They are continuing to work with other agencies and have expanded the investigation to other areas in the country to determine where the breaches may have occurred.
The Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department would like to remind everyone to always check your credit card or bank card statements every month to make sure fraudulent charges are not going unseen on your account. The illegal access and use of credit card numbers throughout the United States is a multi-million dollar business and the criminal element is continually trying new methods to obtain your information.
Residents residing in Warsaw should report suspicious banking activity to the Warsaw Police Department at 574-372-9515. Residents residing outside of the city limits should notify the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department at 574-267-5667.