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    * Stolen CC number... again!

    I was checking my accounts at mint.com last night and noticed that a credit card that I rarely use now had a $67.50 balance. Curious, I drilled down into the account's transaction details.

    $67.50 -- Artvoice Buffalo NY

    Artvoice? I Googled it and determined that it was an artsy newspaper in New York. I called them up. A nice gentleman explained what they sold and surmised that someone had "lifted" my credit card number and purchased a classified ad at Artvoice.

    I will be receiving a refund of that, and I will call my credit card company to report a lost/stolen credit card.

    Crazy, though! I'm just glad I checked my transaction details. And oddly enough, this is the third time in two years that someone has stolen one of my credit card or check card numbers and purchased something on-line.

    Has anyone else ever had their CC number stolen?

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    Kind of off to ask that on WHT, which had CC numbers listed in a public manner just a short time ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike - Limestone View Post
    Has anyone else ever had their CC number stolen?
    Yeah, was in Alpharetta just a few weeks ago and got a call that my corporate amex had been used to purchase $5k in electronics from a store in India. There were a few other charges popping up when I was on the phone with them as well.

    Love AMEX, they couriered me a replacement card the same day to my hotel.

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    I had a circuit city card of mine I got for the sole purpose of buying this TV / entertainment system that I really wanted for a while for 0% interest for 12 months.

    That was the only thing I put on that credit card, and never used it again. Somehow, after 2 months of paying off all that the fraud services department from Chase called me and asked if I was trying to use the card at a gas station in Phoenix. Someone was trying to charge $6 on the card, and they called me to verify.

    I thought that was weird. First off $6 isn't much..secondly I travel quite a bit so one day I'm in Memphis, the next vegas, then lax..etc etc. I'm glad they did call though, cause that definitely wasn't me. I'm not quite sure how my card got stolen..I don't remember losing it.

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    All you need is blank magnetic card, a programmer machine, and a list of generated numbers. Your cards werent lifted/stolen, they were randomly generated and your numbers were the lucky ones that got snagged.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Webdude View Post
    All you need is blank magnetic card, a programmer machine, and a list of generated numbers. Your cards werent lifted/stolen, they were randomly generated and your numbers were the lucky ones that got snagged.
    Scary. You may be right. It sounded like "Kent <something>" was the name used on the fraudulent order.

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    Every morning and evening i always check my online bank account information, to look for recent transactions, balances, etc. It's really a good habit, kudos to online banking!
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    Quote Originally Posted by powergsp View Post
    Every morning and evening i always check my online bank account information, to look for recent transactions, balances, etc. It's really a good habit, kudos to online banking!
    Good point there, I view my statements online every day or so, whereas I used to wait to get my statement at the end of each month!

    I've luckily never had the problem of stolen CC details, however I know my Dad's credit card is blocked from transactions abroad due to someone in Germany going on a spending spree one time.

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    I had one of my cards used to buy concert tickets on the East Coast. Odd though - the promoter called us wanting to buy back the tickets. I said we never purchased them in the first place. Canceled the card and was refunded the money.

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    I haven't either of my debit cards used for fraudulent purchases yet... I'm glad it hasn't happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike - Limestone View Post
    I was checking my accounts at mint.com last night and noticed that a credit card that I rarely use now had a $67.50 balance. Curious, I drilled down into the account's transaction details.

    $67.50 -- Artvoice Buffalo NY

    Artvoice? I Googled it and determined that it was an artsy newspaper in New York. I called them up. A nice gentleman explained what they sold and surmised that someone had "lifted" my credit card number and purchased a classified ad at Artvoice.

    I will be receiving a refund of that, and I will call my credit card company to report a lost/stolen credit card.

    Crazy, though! I'm just glad I checked my transaction details. And oddly enough, this is the third time in two years that someone has stolen one of my credit card or check card numbers and purchased something on-line.

    Has anyone else ever had their CC number stolen?

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    i only have 1 credit card and it has never been stolen. I just use the credit card to keep my credit score up. Other than that I rather use my debit card cause its harder to steal + It guarantees I wont go spending like crazy when I have no money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paidhosts View Post
    Other than that I rather use my debit card cause its harder to steal + It guarantees I wont go spending like crazy when I have no money.
    I could be wrong, but I don't believe debit cards that are associated with Visa or AMEX have the same consumer protection that credit cards do. So, it's harder to dispute a charge with a debit card than it is with a credit card. Plus, while the dispute is getting filed you're still out the money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CArmstrong View Post
    I could be wrong, but I don't believe debit cards that are associated with Visa or AMEX have the same consumer protection that credit cards do. So, it's harder to dispute a charge with a debit card than it is with a credit card. Plus, while the dispute is getting filed you're still out the money.
    You are correct. Bank check card (debit card) policies vary significantly. Generally checking, you can be out the money (balance $) while the bank investigates, and you may not recover as much of it back as you would with a CC.

    Most CC companies offer, apparently as a consumer safeguard idea, $0 or $50 total liability if you report the fraudulent activity within <x> days. [Generally $0 liability]

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    I bet the starbucks girl was upset you gave her a bad report so she decided to steal your credit card information.

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    Did they tell you what the content of the ad was? If he mentions his phone number in the ad, your card company would have an easier time going after him - though most don't even bother.
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    I demo'd some skis quite a few years back now up in Stowe, VT during their "demo days" event (lots of ski vendors out at the base of the mountain ...). Part of the deal is that they take an imprint of your card in case you walk off with the skis. A week later, someone bought several grand worth of gift cards in vegas.
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    I check all of my CC and bank accounts at least once per day to make sure nothing fishy is going on. I never saw anything weird until one day about a year ago I saw a mysterious .01 attempted charge for a utility company I don't do business with. It was rejected due to an improper CVV. I then checked my balances and accounts even more carefully and often and the next week someone charged $150 + to an online computer store and had then attempted to charge $1500 + to another site. I immediately shut down the cards and disputed the charges and called the vendors where the charges were made. They were able to cancel the charge that went through before it was shipped. The interesting thing is that it was scheduled to be shipped to my address in my name but with someone else's email contact. This means that someone was going to stake out my home waiting for the delivery!

    One thing I do when placing legitimate orders is use slightly different variations on my address (using the word "apartment" vs. "apt" vs. "unit" etc. that will enable me better track where any compromises occur. Because of this I was able to pin down with 100% certainty the vendor from whom I made a legitimate purchase but wound up compromising my acct. I eventually traced the culprit to an Avis car rental office in NJ. Their corporate legal dept ultimately after their investigation refused to provide me the info on who specifically in that office did it as I didn't file a police report because it would be too much hassle and I didn't lose anything because I caught it in time but I suspect that whomever it was at a minimum lost their job and possibly had more scrutiny placed upon their actions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PersonalJihad View Post
    I bet the starbucks girl was upset you gave her a bad report so she decided to steal your credit card information.
    LOL! Your memory is too good.

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    "They" sell credit card information numbers in multiple networks online for a low premium price depending on what you need. A huge business. Sorry you got yours in that trouble.

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    Mike,

    If they purchased a classified that means they were selling sometihng? Maybe you can get the contact info from the Ad and give it to te police?

    Artsy newspaper? Selling stolen Art?

    I have never to date had a CC stolen except for a ATT calling card I used to have. Got 400+ in charges they removed.
    Funny thing too is that it needed a PIN to be used and it was stamped right on the card.

    Also I never sign my Cards and it forces them to ask for ID usually but most don't even ask me for it. It even says right on the signature area "Not Valid Unless Signed". Maybe I can get all my money back? LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick67 View Post
    Mike,

    If they purchased a classified that means they were selling sometihng? Maybe you can get the contact info from the Ad and give it to te police?
    I wish. They refunded it, and I reported my card lost/stolen, but no one would give me any information to help me identify the perpetrator.

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    It only happened me once, and i suspect the data was stolen from registerfly, at the same dates 2 other webmasters had exactly the same problem, with fraudulent charges in common, both were registerfly customers. That was 2 years ago

    I spent and hour at the police station filing paperwork and with that paperwork the bank refunded the charges in a few days.

    It was about 900 euro spent in Ryanair, a kitchen accesories shop and somewhere else, all english companies
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