Post # 1
So after having a great weekend (attended Brothers wedding, hung out with fam and friends) I sign into my bank account to update my weekly budget worksheet only to find that some asshole in Redondo Beach, CA stole (at the time) $503.30 from my account. I immediately called my bank who cancelled my card right away.
I left work early to go to my bank to get a new card. While there I had to file a police report, file a dispute form, sign an affidavit and rearrange my account. While I am waiting to do this, someone from loss prevention calls my phone to tell me that Visa had just called to let them know that my card numbers had been compromised. They let me know that it was compromised by a merchant. She also let me know that they had my PIN as well.
As we are looking through my account she was able to see other charges that were pending? That’s where the additional $2100 come into play. Thieving fuckers!!! They had a ball with my money that I worked hard for..uggghhhh. luckily my bank credited the $ back right away, but its just the principle!!!
ETA: found out about Michael’s today and their fraudulent card reader/pin machines. I was just there a few times recently!!! Crazy right.
Post # 3
That is so frustrating. I would think they would have a way to track the specific person if they made multiple purchases using your information… are they looking into it?
Post # 4
@brideatbeach: They weren’t purchases but actual ATM withdrawals. Apparently if they get your card # and pin they can create a fake card and make withdrawals or purchases.
Post # 5
I feel for you, this happened to me about a year ago, someone bought airline tickets, charging my account over $2000. I am happy that the bank credited ur account right away. I was not that lucky it took about a month for me to get the money.
Post # 6
That is so frustrating. I wouldn’t expect them to do anything about it. Four of my cards were stolen on Thanksgiving a few years ago and the jerks went to Walmart and tried to use 3 of them in the same checkout (2 were denied and my bank card finally went through). It took over a month to get the money back in my bank account. I never heard from the police again except when I called them because I found out my dad’s card was stolen too.
Post # 7
There is a new article in Consumer Reports June 2011 issue about scammers and the way they obtain credit card numbers and pins. I think it’s a must read for everyone.
Here’s another article that gives some tips. The US is pretty behind with protective credit card technology and a lot of people are relying more on debit cards these days. Be careful ladies. Some of these scammers are using “skimmers” that they attach to certain machines and then quickly making fake cards and draining bank accounts like OP.
Here’s the helpful article:
Post # 8
They got me too. Much less than you but still. It fucking sucks.
ETA: By “they” I mean thieves in general. My douchebag apparently lives in Germany.
Post # 9
Wow, that’s ridiculous… I hope everything works out for all of you this has happened to!!
Post # 10
sonsabitches. i’m sorry to all! 🙁