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    the theives maxed out my card in charges. Included are:
    $3,000 Home Theatre system
    $50 restaurant dinner
    $15 Mcdonalds dinner
    Parking
    A movie
    and fifty bucks sepnt at a mall.

    All in all, about $3100-$3200 was spent. Buncha jerks. Luckily, the securities department marked the transactions as fraudulent, and a new card is in the works.

    I didn't do anything that I would consider unsafe, but apparently this is not enough. What ideas does anyone here have for protecting your finances and identity these days?

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    Re: My credit card was stolen..

    sounds like a bunch of trailer trash thefts...man i hope they dint screw up your credit cuase that can be a beast to fix
    that sounds like a good idea trooper.
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    • #3
      Re: My credit card was stolen..

      Dunno much about the credit rating system in Canada (do they use the same evil 3 companies as in the US?), but there are identity protection systems that each of the three companies offer. Maybe not the silly systems they offer for sale, but free stuff like a block on not issuing credit until they call you to verify, etc. Dealing with anything credit related after the fact is a royal PITA.

      Seems silly to pay with a stolen credit card at a parking garage - those places always have security cameras and they'll know the exact time that the person left.. Sheesh. I'll go with it being a common thief that did the damage, and not someone that was actually out to steal your identity (you wouldn't find out about that until well after the fact...).
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      • #4
        Re: My credit card was stolen..

        That sucks dude. I hope they catch the people.


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        • #5
          Re: My credit card was stolen..

          Yeah, but stolen cards are so common and the credit card companies never push the issue. They just cancel the card and move on. As such no one really tries to catch them.

          Dice, did they steal your card or your number? You say you didn't do anything different so that made me wonder.

          BTW, I finally found Yellowknife on Google Earth but they were all low resolution pics. So I guess you do exist :p
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          • #6
            Re: My credit card was stolen..

            Originally posted by Pickle
            BTW, I finally found Yellowknife on Google Earth but they were all low resolution pics. So I guess you do exist :p
            The gubment doesn't want people to see all the top secret research that goes on there... like coming up with the next poutine flavor or the moose infantry training that the Canadian Army (all 3 of em!) is doing :icon_lol:
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            • #7
              Re: My credit card was stolen..

              Being largely in the security and auditing industry for credit card processors, I would have to say:

              ONLY use your credit card on SSL based sites.

              ALWAYS make sure the SSL certs are signed by Verisign or Thawte and valid. Just because it says a certificate expired, don't just assume that's legit! If it's expired, don't use it.

              ALWAYS cross-cut shred or burn your old bills, pay stubs, etc. Don't throw them away whole. This includes credit card offers and any document that contains your social security number.

              NEVER allow anyone to take your card "around the corner" to run the transaction. It should never leave your eyesight. Don't allow imprints of your card to be made with old-style paper transactions and a slammer.

              If you stay in a hotel that uses digital keys, DO NOT leave the key in the room when you leave. Hell. Don't even give it back to them. Reading tracks 2 and 3 of hotel keys shows personally identifyable information and in some cases, the last 4 digits of your credit card number and drivers license number.

              Never use an ATM in a strangely placed location. Preferably only use FDIC Insured institutional ATM machines. Smaller machines are more easily compromised for things far valuable than the cash in the machine itself. Your card numbers and PINs.
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              • #8
                Re: My credit card was stolen..

                Originally posted by Apophis
                NEVER allow anyone to take your card "around the corner" to run the transaction. It should never leave your eyesight. Don't allow imprints of your card to be made with old-style paper transactions and a slammer.

                If you stay in a hotel that uses digital keys, DO NOT leave the key in the room when you leave. Hell. Don't even give it back to them. Reading tracks 2 and 3 of hotel keys shows personally identifyable information and in some cases, the last 4 digits of your credit card number and drivers license number.

                .

                i had walmart do the whole paper slammer deal the other day.....

                and i knew i always kept the hotel cards for a reason.....well and the fact that im to lazy to do it.....

                good info apo.
                that sounds like a good idea trooper.
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                • #9
                  Re: My credit card was stolen..

                  That hotel info is new to me. Thanks for the tip.
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                  • #10
                    Re: My credit card was stolen..

                    Ha! I just got another call from the securities dept. It turns out that my card wasn't stolen; there were just suspicious transactions because I'm on vacation. That TV and other stuff was from a different file; the securities guy just had too many windows at once. :row__687:

                    Thought you'd all be interested.

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                    • #11
                      Re: My credit card was stolen..

                      Originally posted by Trooper[SNPR]
                      sounds like a bunch of trailer trash thefts...
                      Yeah, I thought so too. That's why I initially suspected that you were behind it all...:D

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                      Assume good faith - Be polite, please! - Work toward agreement. - Argue facts, not personalities. - Concede a point when you have no response to it, or admit when you disagree based on intuition or taste. - Be civil. - Be prepared to apologize. In animated discussions, we often say things we later wish we hadn't. Say so. - Forgive and forget. - Recognize your own biases and keep them in check. - Give praise when due.

                      Treat others as you would have them treat you

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                      • #12
                        Re: My credit card was stolen..

                        Originally posted by Trooper[SNPR]
                        i had walmart do the whole paper slammer deal the other day.....

                        and i knew i always kept the hotel cards for a reason.....well and the fact that im to lazy to do it.....

                        good info apo.
                        I won't ever allow people to make imprints of my cards any more. I really dislike using credit cards when out at restaurants too as they take the card away from you to ring it up.
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                        • #13
                          Re: My credit card was stolen..

                          Originally posted by Diceman
                          Yeah, I thought so too. That's why I initially suspected that you were behind it all...:D
                          Nice....

                          Man, how can you spend 15 bucks at mcdonalds, sheesh.

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                          • #14
                            Re: My credit card was stolen..

                            Those are Canadian dollars. That said, we're not far off the US dollar these days. Maybe he was taking his dog out for a fancy dinner. :D

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                            Treat others as you would have them treat you

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                            • #15
                              Re: My credit card was stolen..

                              I'm glad to hear it was all a mix-up; it kinda like restored my faith in humanity. I had my Dillard's card racked up on awhile back for about $400 bucks, but in the end it really worked out for me because they wiped the entire card, $650, clean instead of just the fradulent charges. Guess that's the *payment* I get for running around with them on the phone for six months! hehe
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