Local authorities are helping investigators in Wichita, Hutchinson and Texas follow up on a bank fraud case that has dozens of Salinans caught in a scam.
According to Salina Police Captain Gary Hanus, 49 customers who used a Sunflower Bank ATM or have an account there are victims of a breach that allowed a person or persons to use their bank card numbers to make purchases in metro Wichita, Hutchinson and Texas.
Police say the unauthorized purchases were made between 7am Monday and 7am Tuesday.
Captain Hanus tells KSAL News that detectives have determined the account information was not acquired through a skimming device at an ATM, but could have been malware that was placed on Sunflower Bank’s website.
The Saline County Sheriff’s Office is also assisting investigators after six victims who live in the county reported illegal activity on their Sunflower accounts.
The bank issued a statement about the issue:
There have been recent reports of fraud in Salina, Kansas and a malware message appearing to come from Sunflower Bank was shared in the news.
We take our security, and the security of our customers very seriously. Upon learning of these reports, we immediately reviewed our security protocols to confirm the issue was not present in our environment. We actively monitor our environment 24/7 to ensure security protocols remain effective. The message that was shared appears to be from pdfmaker-live and is not associated with Sunflower Bank or its websites. Learn about removing this plug-in from your browser here: http://www.myantispyware.com/2018/09/20/how-to-remove-install-pdf-maker-com-pop-up-ads-chrome-firefox-ie-edge/.
We ask that our customers review their accounts regularly and reach out to us if they see anything that looks out-of-the-norm. Combatting fraud is a united effort and our customers are good at partnering with us to help identify and tackle situations as they arise.
All web users should be cognizant of devices they are using, make sure systems are updated regularly, and be cautious of online requests.