Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Just friggin wonderful...ugh

Get a call at 5:34 asking for me, it is the ELP department of my bank. Still not sure what ELP stands for but I do know that someone lifted my debit card number from somewhere and had a happy go lucky time in Mexico at pharmacies and groceries stores.
Apparently whoever started having fun at 2:41 but the "ELP" guy started watching and stopped his fun at 5:14 by deactivating my card...after the phone call I had to run to the bank, have to be back at 8:30 am and the lady said be prepared for 3 hours...ugh...luckily all the money will be put back, but a lot of red tape to get that done, and have to close account, etc. Ugh, my debit card was still physically with me but the lady at the bank said they have all kinds of ways of stealing the numbers and making their own cards. Just what I wanted to do this week.

7 comments:

dakotablueeyes said...

So basically you have to go through all this bullshit and he or she who stole your card number can run free. You didn't say but did they catch him?

kel said...

No, the stores just wont let him charge anymore. We had an incident a few weeks ago where a waiter added on an additional tip after we left the resteraunt, and me and the bank lady said that is awful suspicious to happen right before this, but also almost impossible to prove. They said that theives are so high tech now they can have machines on debit machines that lifts the numbers, all kinds of things.

Heather/SHTEZQ said...

OMG!!!!!! that is horrible, I would be Irate. (((((HUGGGGGSSSS) to you!

BarnGoddess said...

how awful.

It really angers me that people steal like this but then are able to walk free after causing you all this misery.

I am so suspicious when I use my credit card I probably look like some kind of control freak and I NEVER use it online, I always call it in(not like that is always gonna protect me from those idiot criminals).

noname said...

Thanks to an online purchase years ago, someone 'across the pond' helped themselves to around $700 from our account. The laws there were so different we couldn't do much about it. Thankfully, our credit union was wonderfully helpful and we were able to get some of the money back. Makes me think harder about carrying cash...

Shane said...

I can so relate to this. Same thing happened to us this time last year. They got our number by hacking into the banks website! They spend $2500 before anybody caught on. Luckily we got it all back but oh the red tape and hoops to jump through!

Rachel said...

How strange. I had the exact thing happen to me on the exact same day. SOOO frustrating, but I'm glad they caught both our guys before they did more damage. I had almost $1500 stolen. I just spoke to someone from the fraud department today and he said it will be back in my account today, able to be used tomorrow. Good luck!