Does anyone need to know how much gas is running in New York these days? No? Well, good because I couldn't have really told you. Although looking at my bank statement you wouldn't believe me, because apparently I used my debit card at TWO gas stations on October 21st in New York!
Wow! I didn't even know I was IN NYC Tuesday! I wonder if I had fun? I wonder if I saw any shows while I was there? I bet I had some great pizza and went shopping!
All kidding aside, when I got home this afternoon there were two messages on my machine. The first one was from Farmer's Bank saying they needed me to call them to verify a transaction made on my card. That made me a little nervous because I haven't used my debit card in a few days. The next message was from Richard saying I needed to check my cell phone because there was an important message on it from him (why didn't he just leave the message again, I'm sure you're asking, as I did...but whatever)! So, I listen to my cell message which informs me our friend at the bank, Diane, had called Richard and told him someone had stolen money out of our account and the bank was canceling my card. This means I have to go to the bank, apply for a new one, wait for it to come in and in the meantime have to use either cash or check. So annoying.
Oh, and in case you're wondering, I'm thinking the thief drives an SUV because two trips to the gas station cost him/her 160 bucks!
I am trying to look at the positive side of this and be very thankful that we have a great bank who actually watches for and was able to catch this! I'm also thankful they will be willing to reimburse us for every penny stolen. And, on some level, I'm thankful for the fact that I truly believe what goes around comes around and that the person who took our money will get his or her comeuppance someday.
Also, wanna know how this was accomplished? I am VERY careful every time I buy off the Internet. I only use secure sites and pretty much every time I do, I use PayPal. So, I was glad to know this wasn't the breech in our security. Apparently thieves are setting up "readers" in swiping machines that make a copy of all of your card information. Then, they transfer it to another card and use it when and where they wish. Argh.
I"m just glad it's Friday and we will be spending the weekend riding horses, painting (fingers crossed), and relaxing.
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