Banks, Topekans deal with credit card fraud issues

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Recent reports of debit and credit card fraud in the Topeka area have some people worried about their money.

One victim says she’s hesitant to use her card again.

It’s a painful case of déjà vu for Topeka nurse Elizabeth Pinkston.

“About four years ago my purse had been stolen out of my car,” she says.

Now she’s in the midst of credit card fraud again, after a phone call from her bank a few days ago.

“They said, you know, we’re showing transactions in New York that we believe are fraudulent,” Pinkston says.

She thought back a few months to figure out where she used the card.

“Two hotels, one in Springfield, one in Lincoln, Nebraska and then the Lazy Toad,” Pinkston adds.

When she reached out on Facebook, Pinkston found others facing the same situation.

“There were several of my friends that commented that they’d had problems with their card numbers being stolen at the Lazy Toad,” Pinkston says.

Topeka Police say they are aware of the credit card fraud issues, but will not confirm any links to a specific business.

Kansas First News called and visited the Lazy Toad restaurant but an employee said the owner did not want to comment on the issue.

While the root of the problem remains under investigation, Kansas bank officials say credit and debit cards are still the safest way to make purchases.

“The simple fact is that when these situations do occur, it’s the bank, it’s the financial institution that is covering those losses and bears the burden of those losses, so the consumer is protected,” says Senior Vice President in Government Representative for Kansas Bankers Association, Dough Wareham.

Pinkston is hesitant.

“I think I’m going to be a lot more cautious about using my debit card,” she says.

The Topeka Police Department released a statement saying, “We are aware of some credit card fraud that has recently taken place in Topeka and we are working with our banking partners in the community to investigate these claims and to find a potential breach location that may or may not be in Topeka. However we will not confirm a link between this activity and a specific business in town at this time. Any claims against a specific business in town will need to be addressed to that business directly.”

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