Identity Theft

Yes, identity theft. And I’m not talking about this petty nonsense either. I’m talking big time, purchases made in my name with my debit card number—which is tied directly to my checking account. Shady purchases like a telephone forwarding service. This thief wasn’t planning on having the best prom ever.

I was balancing my checkbook last night and came across two charges from within the last two weeks that, after a little head scratching, I determined I did not make. Neither were especially significant in dollar amount but I lost almost an entire business day to cleaning up the mess and talking to authorities. The card was cancelled and another issued, fraud alerts were placed on my credit reports with the Big Three (Experian, TransUnion and Equifax), and a police report was filed. I can’t imagine how someone acquired my card number. Being a web designer/developer I’m savvy enough to sniff out a phishing hole and I keep all of my receipts. Thankfully, I don’t think my Social Security number is out there but we’ll see what my credit reports turn up.

I did receive some small consolation—actually, I’m stoked!—when I found out that was today’s pick over at Web Standards Awards. The site is in excellent company (The League needs to stick together, right?) so it will be interesting to see which one walks away with the first Site of the Month.

Fingers are crossed that it’s me—and not just somebody claiming to be me.

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Shaun Inman
February 24th, 2004 at 8:14 pm
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That’s the kind of thing which happens to everybody but yourself. Except the day it happens to you. Hope you weren’t ripped off too bad.

And congrats on the award. I think it’s well deserved.

Brian Poulsen
Feb 25th, 2004 11:22 am

That’s nothing, it happened to me once. But really awkward it was , the theif somehow charged my credit card with $200 dollars worth of hosting from Media (mt). Which when I checked was a whole complete paid year of hosting!

Anywho I did the same that you did and the theif only did that transaction (thank god!).

Denis Kabistan
Feb 25th, 2004 7:32 pm

i bet you just gave it to someone!!! im only joking!!

Feb 26th, 2004 3:55 pm

eh! i’ve been throught the same problem, somebody cloned my credit card (never used it any “shady” place, just regular, real life shops and and and they managed to buy 1200$ (which is the usual maximum with that kind of cards, i had raised it to 2400) in clothes before i was able to find out. i had to fill a report with the police and my credit card issuer (and i didn’t even had my receit at hand), but everything went fine and i got every cent back in 2/3 weeks :) so good luck!

cheers Marcello

Mar 2nd, 2004 2:57 am

He he - I once left my debit card at a store and oly noticed it two days later… after which I phoned the manager of the store and told him that the cashier never returned my card to me and that I demand to be compensated for the inconvinience caused.

Needless to say - when I went to pick up my card I got gift vouchers as compensation ;-) yay!

Ps. this is such an awesome site - it deserves to win the web standards awards

Mar 25th, 2004 4:59 am