Credit card fraud possibly linked to downtown restaurant


An act of credit card fraud has been traced back to a downtown Indianapolis restaurant.

Some workers upstairs love walking downstairs for a bite at Ike and Jonesy's downtown.

But they say the bite is now on their credit and debit cards. They say they are victims of financial fraud. Ike and Jonesy's may be a victim too.

"Mine actually happened this morning. My amount was over $900," says regular customer Anika Crowe.

Over the last week, she and fellow workers got warnings from their banks about suspicious transactions on their credit and debit cards.

"Blytheville, Arkansas was one transaction, a Macy's in Ohio, a Target overseas," Anika said.

The warnings all came within a week of the victims using their plastic at the downtown eatery.

The owner says he's heard other similar complaints. Eric Eichholtz says he brought in a cyber security consultant to try to crack into the restaurants card processing system. He could not. So it's unclear how customer information may have been compromised. "We don't have a clue," he said.

He even checked on employee schedules at the time compromised cards were swiped and found no pattern, he said.

"When the owner finds out about it, they should immediately stop taking credit cards or debit cards," Anika said.

Eichholtz says he's still investigating and the issue involves less than one percent of card transactions.

"Numbers being stolen then being used in a situation like that - often times it is a card skimmer," says Bill Thomas with the Better Business Bureau.

A "skimmer" is a device secretly attached to a card swipe to capture information. Or, a dishonest customer could be using a device to read electronic signals given off by some credit cards when they pass by a table.

Bill Thomas says consumers must "always be checking their statements to be sure the charges posted on the card are the ones that are charged to you."