Chapter 27, In Which the Universe Kicks Me Again

Friday, September 28th, 2007 | Life in Czeltistan

Back in June, I got a call from the Visa people saying that there was suspicious activity on my debit card. Some schmuck in California tried to purchase something at a Long Beach Wal-Mart (soooooo not something I’d do. I hates me some Wal-Mart). So I had to go through the hassle of getting a new card.

That one could have been prevented. I’d gotten an letter awhile earlier, saying that my card number may have been in a clump of data from a store I recently shopped at that may have been accessed by an outside party. I was super busy at the time I got that, then went on vacation, then completely forgot about it by the time I got back. My fault. If I ever get another of those letters, the card gets cancelled immediately. Lesson learned.

So since getting my new card, I’ve been extremely careful with it. It doesn’t leave my sight and the majority of my internet purchases are done via credit card, not the debit card.

And yet, I came home last night to a call from Visa. Suspicious activity on my new card. Someone trying to buy something at a Target in Illinois, and a second suspicious internet purchase from Bed, Bath & Beyond. Well, while me actually purchasing something at BB&B is, in fact, an oddity, that one was mine. The Target, however, not mine. So I get to cancel my debit card AGAIN. For the second time in 4 months.

Don’t know where my card got skimmed, but oh, it got skimmed somewhere.


So I’ll be spending my lunch hour at the bank again. It’s not my idea of a proper lunchtime activity, but whatcha gonna do? And my bank really is teh awesome, in that both times this has happened, they’ve alerted me the day of the activity, even before it showed up in my online activity with them. (Thanks, Ozaukee Bank. You guys are the best bank ever.)

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