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At least one ATM owned by South Bend, Ind.-based 1st Source Bank reportedly is a common point of compromise for a rash of thefts from consumer deposit accounts in northern Indiana. The St. Joseph County Police Department in South Bend contacted the FBI and U.S. Secret Service for help last Tuesday after several local residents reported fraudulent transactions from their bank accounts over the previous weekend. Those transactions were initiated in such countries as Spain, Nigeria, Ukraine and Russia. Complaints to St. Joseph County police started on June 13 and reached 54 reports of theft totaling $39,000 by June 19, St. Joseph County Sgt. Bill Redman tells CardLine. Other local departments have received similar fraud reports, he says. Accountholders from at least eight local financial institutions affected by the thefts all appear to have used a 1st Source ATM during the first 10 days of May. Representatives of 1st Source Bank did not return calls for comment, and Redman says he does not know how thieves might have compromised the ATM. But 1st Source reportedly alerted police of unauthorized access of its debit card server, discovered by its security-consulting firm on May 12. The bank reportedly asked customers to monitor their accounts for suspicious activity. Local media publicized the situation, which "helped us because it made people check their bank statements," Redman says.

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