SOUTH BEND—The hits just keep on coming.
What began on Sunday with phone scammers dialing up 1st Source Bank customers phishing for personal credit card and PIN number information continued into Monday and Tuesday.
"Automatic calls are still being made by someone who is pretending to be 1st Source," read an e-mail sent Tuesday by 1st Source Bank officials.
Whoever is behind the calls isn't just targeting 1st Source customers.
"My mom got one Sunday afternoon. My daughter and her fiance got one, and my mother-in-law got one this morning," Betty Kring, of Mishawaka, said Tuesday afternoon.
"My first thought was to go to 1st Source," she said, "but none are 1st Source customers."
The phone scam came to light Sunday when 1st Source clients and non-clients in South Bend, Mishawaka and the surrounding area began answering their phone to an automated voice.
"This is an official notification from 1st Source Bank informing you that your MasterCard has been deactivated for security reasons," the voice said.
"Please press '1' now."
South Bend resident Jan Cowen got the call Tuesday.
"I am a 1st Source customer, but I don't have a MasterCard ... that's what tipped me off," Cowen said.
"I just hung up on them."
Which is what 1st Source Bank officials strongly advised after discovering that a robotic calling system focused on the 574 area code was blanketing the area, randomly selecting telephone numbers to call.
In a statement released Tuesday, 1st Source officials repeated the advice to anybody who receives the call and hears the automated command to press '1.'
"Don't do it," bank officials insisted. "Just hang up."
Like Doris of South Bend, who declined to give her last name out of fear that one of the scammers would try to contact her again.
"I did say 'no thanks' and I hung up," Doris said. "I guess I'm polite."
Doris is not a 1st Source customer. When she went to her bank and told a bank teller what happened, the teller at Wells Fargo Bank told Doris she received the same call.
"My friend also got a call this morning," Doris added Tuesday afternoon. "She hasn't been a customer at 1st Source for years."