Someone Got a Hold of My Credit Card Number…

So, I logged onto the Bank of America site to check something with my statement and I get a notice saying that my account isn’t available online and that I had to verify some recent transactions at a website or over the phone. Well, I tried to do the website, but my mother’s maiden name wasn’t matching up, so I called. Sure enough, someone had been using my credit card number.

They spent $577 at the Post Office, like $300 at Chip and Pepper (I’d never heard of them before this), like $250 at MyWire.com (again, never heard of them) and a couple other assorted transactions. Not that big a deal. I just have to get a new account number. But, $577 at the Post Office? That’s where you go when you steal someone’s credit card number? lol. Unless they were shipping away what they bought with my number already or something.

Patrick O'Keefe

Managing online communities since 2000, I publish a collective of websites known as the iFroggy Network. I wrote the book Managing Online Forums and, as a public speaker, have presented for organizations like CNN, institutions like Australian National University and conferences like SXSW. More about me.

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Brandon Eley

about 12 years ago

Wow, that sucks. It's happened to both Tracy and I before -- it's a pain but if you catch it in time, the credit card companies are usually very helpful. Do you have any idea how they got your credit card number? You haven't been "updating your profile" from links in emails have you?? :)

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Patrick

about 12 years ago

LOL. No... but, you never know, it could be anything. I use the card everywhere. I use it for our hosting bill, for an ISP, Wal-Mart, for my PayPal transactions, anytime I go out to run errands... hard to say.

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