- 6 years ago
- Wedding: June 2012
Stupid me was in a hurry a few mornings ago on my way to work, and didn’t think twice about sliding my card into the reader at the pump. I NEVER EVER EVER EVER EVER PAY AT THE PUMP. I always go inside. Always!
Well, this particular morning, I didn’t. I remember it very clearly, because as I was pumping, a lady approached me. She seemed interested in my car (it had “Just Married” painted on the back windshield) and was asking all sorts of questions. She asked about how long I had my car, how much I paid for it, if I liked it, where I worked, all sorts of crap.
Then she turned the tables, and told me she wanted to recruit me. She wouldn’t tell me for what, and was ‘shocked’ she was out of business cards, but kept trying to get my phone number so she could call me. After telling her several times I was going to be late for work, and to give me a card, I finally snapped and told her to give me a card or back off, but she wasn’t getting my info.
Um …. who in the world recruits someone at a GAS STATION? That was a huge red flag that this lady was a weirdo. But I didn’t find out until a few hours ago how weird that whole situation really was …
Tonight I was ready to hop into bed, and saw an email notification on my iPhone, so I opened it. (I’m super anal about those numbers being there!) It looked weird, so I called my bank from the number I had programmed into my phone – one I knew was legit. (I never click on websites or numbers from within emails. Unless it’s the $0.00 sale from Vistaprint!)
Well, they told me that our account had been hacked. Two days after that gas station incident, such a coincidence. Two transactions went through, and then they blocked the next three. We only lost $140, which we’ll be getting back, but our bank saved my Darling Husband and I from losing $1,500 more that they tried to take!!!!
I am so grateful that the bank emailed me, as well as stopping those other charges from going through, but I’m so mad at myself that I let all of this nonsense happen in the first place.
Bees – protect yourself and your money, and do not ever pay at the pump. If you need to use an ATM of any sort, always jiggle the card reader to make sure there isn’t a skimmer on it. If you’re going through drive through, make sure you never let your card out of your sight, because they can snap a cell phone picture of it. Don’t ever leave it face up on a table top. Basically, just be aware.
It’s SO scary at how easy it is for someone to take your info, then to take your money. I was fortunate enough that it wasn’t a huge amount, and we aren’t at risk of bouncing any bills. Our bank caught it and notified us, and we’ll have our money back soon. But not everyone is that lucky.