[sdiy] Credit Card fraud - BEWARE!!!!!!

May, Tony Tony.May at dmjmhn.com
Mon Aug 5 21:24:13 CEST 2002

I had the exact same thing happen to me. Same bank as a matter of fact.
I was out the money while they "investigated" the matter. Fortunately,
if I recall correctly, they had the money back in my account in a week
or two. It did take a number of calls to the bank, though. When I
informed them that the card number had been stolen, they simply
deactivated that card and I did not have to close the account. Not sure
why they told you not to close the account, unless they thought it would
help with an investigation. Anyway, be sure you notify the secret
service. (Who, and I hope I am not stating the obvious as I didn't know
until this situation, are in charge of investigating credit card fraud.)


-----Original Message-----
From: Peter Grenader [mailto:petergrenader at mksound.com] 
Sent: Monday, August 05, 2002 10:22 AM
To: analogue Heaven; Digital Hell
Cc: synth-diy at dropmix.xs4all.nl
Subject: [sdiy] Credit Card fraud - BEWARE!!!!!!

Fellow DIYer and lovers of all things analog,

I recently became the unfortunate victim of ATM/VISA card fraud in which
somebody got my card number duing a so-called secure card transaction on
internet and quickly depleted my checking account of over $3,400.

I was made aware of this by a call from B of A's freud department.
they originally told me that it would all be taken care of (including
reimbursement of my loss) within 72 hours and advised me NOT to close
account before all the hits had made it, they are now telling me not to
expect a refund until September.

In the meanwhile, I had not yet paid my rent, or my car payment, nor my

When I received that call, while they knew thay transactions had
they had no idea what the amounts were and at the time, I could have
my account and still had the $3400.  But unfortunately, I did as they
advised  and now it's gone.

Further to this,  of the 46 transactions this thief made, only 31 of
have hit my record, with 15 still pending.  Because it was an ATM
transaction, they cannot stop these from hitting my account.
Unfortunate in
that the ones that have made it range from $150 to $50 each, so I can
up another $2000 to vanish (not such a big deal, in that I'm already at
$700 negative balance).

The problem is, B of A will not allow me to open a new account until
overdraft has been paid. which could be in the $2700 range before this
over and done with. Even more unfortunate, I am on automatic deposit at
work, so they are going to recieve a good part of this by this evening
it's too late to stop it.

Be careful out there - don't believe everything you read (especially the
words 'secure server').


Peter Grenader

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