Wednesday, May 05, 2010

credit cards fraudulently used

From a 1st Street NW resident:

In the past week, the credit cards of both my housemate and I have been fraudulently used on opposite ends of the coast. Neither of us lost or misplaced our cards at anytime, so we`re pretty confident the card numbers were copied from some commercial establishment. It`s very possible that the cards were copied months ago, but if it occurred more recently chances are fairly high that it happened out of one of the neighborhood stores, in which case I`d suspect that others on this list have been or may be hit as well. Keep an eye out!

4 comments:

  1. Do you or your housemate shop online? If so, don't you feel that is a more logical way for someone to steal your account info, rather than assuming it was a "neighborhood commercial establishment"? Regardless, we recently had this issue with our Discover Card and they renewed our account and took care of the fraudulent claims we disputed. It was a bit of a pain because it took a couple weeks to get back to normal waiting for the account update and new cards, but in the end it was no additional charge to us.

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  2. Hm. . . Interesting. Our visa card was recently used to buy $400 worth of alcohol somewhere outside NYC. Our credit card company was thankfully easier to deal with than Discover (per post above). Could the culprits also be garbage can scouting?

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  3. It might also be possible that someone got your credit card number from a discarded statement...we've caught people going through our trash on a number of occasions.

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  4. Both mine and my co-worker's Visa debit cards had fraudulent purchase, mine for $1,000 at a perfume store and hers for $300 in Caps tix. The IT dude at my office mentioned that people punch in random sets of numbers (in a highly sophisticated way) and plug in whatever works. Luckily BoA refunded immediately, which is the only praise they get from me.

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