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[General] Frustration

Well. Got on the road today, and made it all the way from Chilliwack to Golden. That's nine hours of driving, and leaves only four hours to Calgary tomorrow... then it's Spruce Meadows for us.

However, despite making good time, my day could've been better.

I got a call today while on the freeway, and something told me I really ought to take it. Turns out? My Visa debit card number was stolen. Someone's started running up charges with it for SUV accessories, and $80 tanks of gas. So, my debit card has been deactivated to prevent further charges.

Read that again. My Visa debit card -- my main form of financial transaction -- has had to be deactivated. So I have a bit of cash I took out, and my real Visa card, to get me through this trip. Luckily, the real Visa has a limit of several thousand, and only has like $20 on it; there's no problem there, though I'll definitely need to pay it off again RIGHT AWAY once I get home.


The real irony? The SUV-charging card-thief... is evidently in Calgary, since that's where the duplicated card has been getting used.


I had the same thing happen to one of my co-workers. They cleaned him out before his bank noticed, however. It took about three weeks to get everything sorted out, but they finally did. Then, a month later, he got cleaned out again. So he gets everything straightened out again an changes banks. A month later and you guessed it: Cleaned out again.

Seems the thieves had gotten hold of his wife's SSN and were calling around to banks in the area and claiming to have forgotten their PIN number. Once they got a bank that had an account in my friend's wife's name, they used her SSN to get the PIN.

These scumbags were finally caught, though, thanks to an observant 19 year old girl at a JC Penny's check out counter.
Ain't it always the case, some rookie doing ordinary things busts the big one...

Hopefully this straightens out a bit easier....
That happened with two people I know... well, the one had their debit card reproduced and $5000 was taken from their account. Took the bank about 2 weeks to sort it out. It was a gas station employee, apparently.

One of our student employees realized the day after being at a prominent restaurant in Toronto that he didn't get his Visa back from the wait staff. He called Visa and the person who had the Visa had already wracked up about $500 in purchases. This got sorted out and the card got cancelled immediately.

It sucks and it isn't fun when it happens. I'm pleased to say I've never (knock on wood) had it happen to me. Good luck getting everything sorted out.
Did you by chance use your debit card to make a hotel reservation in Calgary?

It's really too much of a coincidence that your number was stolen and is being used in that city, now that you're going there. I mean, what're the odds? How many people even _live_ in Calgary? (Of the credit card thief-y variety, more particularly?)

If you did, it's worth calling the hotel about, just to let them know that it happened. Especially if the hotel is the only place in the city that had your number.
Nope. FJ made the hotel reservation.
But, since you're going to Calgary anyway, maybe it's worth your while to hunt the sucker down and introduce them to the curbstomp. ;)