Bank Customers Notified Of Compromised Accounts

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-Customers of several Topeka banks are getting word their bank cards may have been compromised.

The customers were told they made the list because their card was used at a certain Topeka business.

Area bank officials and the Topeka Police Department will not confirm which business is the source of the potentially compromised accounts, however local bank customers tell 13 news they were told they were notified because they'd used their card at Lazy Toad Restaurant Sports Bar And Lounge at some point in the past several months.

CoreFirst Bank and Trust, Fidelity State Bank and Denison State Bank are among those confirming their customers were affected.

CoreFirst President Kurt Kuta says he was notified internally.

"Our own security software system detected some unusual actions taken place with some of our customers and those transactions were analyzed and we determined something was amiss," said Kuta.

Kuta says the CoreFirst team immediately took action to protect customers.

"First thing is we shut down the cards. As you could imagine, that could cause a lot of heartburn for some of our customers," says Kuta.

Other banks took similar action notifying customers with emails and phone calls. While authorities would not comment on how exactly the breach might have happened, Kuta has some recommendations to protect yourself.

"If they're not signed up for internet banking at their institution I would encourage them to do that and on a frequent basis take a look at their account to see if there is anything unusual on there," says Kuta.

Topeka Police Chief Ron Miller tells 13 news his agency continues to investigate. Banks declined to reveal how many customers were affected, though Kuta did say it was fewer than 500 at CoreFirst. 13 News reached out to representatives from Lazy Toad for a comment and calls were not returned.