I don’t even know how it happened.

Some jerk phished my account and tried to sucker us out of over $2000 in less than 24 hours!

Fortunately, I check my on-line accounts FREQUENTLY and carefully, so I caught it quickly. But I feel violated. As well as vulnerable and pissed off.

I am very VERY careful with how I use my card. I don’t use web sites that don’t have high security. When possible, I use PayPal or another means of payment where my information is secure.

It was not even easy to get through to my bank. I sat through endless “automated messaging systems” and playing “phone bingo”

with customer service for about 20 minutes. Finally a live human being!!! I found out from my bank that there were 20 more “requests” in the queue.

The friendly guy in the fraud department told me that it could have come any number of places where you would think it is secure.
…at a restaurant where the server takes your card (and takes a picture of it with a cell phone camera, both sides.)
…at a gas station
…at a store or vendor of any kind where they stop and look at the back of the card for your signature

SO yeah.

I’ve changed my on-line passwords (which was a royal pain!)
I’ve checked to be sure my anti-virus and anti-spyware programs are up-to-date.

Like Sgt. Phil used to say, “be careful out there!” (10 bonus points if you know the show that quote is from… if you DARE to admit your age!!!)


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