Update: Cleveland debit card spree getting bigger as more than 1 dozen banks, credit unions affected

More on a breach reported previously on this blog, from Teresa Dixon Murray of the Plain Dealer, who has been all over this breach for the past few weeks:

The local debit card fraud breach that was discovered last month is much wider than first realized, striking just about every major bank in the area and some of the biggest credit unions across Northeast Ohio.

At least eight banks — Key, Dollar Bank, Fifth Third, PNC, Huntington, Charter One, Ohio Savings and FirstMerit — are now known to be affected by the breach, a Plain Dealer review of dozens of police reports show.

And more than half a dozen credit unions — including Century Federal Credit Union, whose members include the Cleveland Clinic and Cavs/Quicken Loans — were also hit.


Coniglio said his credit union has tallied about 200 customers whose accounts were hit.


North Olmsted Police Department logged about 20 reports of debit card abuse in the last few weeks. Middleburg Heights has some three dozen reports.

No one knows, or is saying, exactly how widespread the breach is. Most of the large banks contacted would not or could not specify how many debit fraud complaints they’ve had related to this case. However, Charter One did say it had at least 50 fraud complaints connected to one west side restaurant, which was originally thought to be the source of the breach.

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