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Post 1 made on Thursday February 1, 2018 at 20:43
Dave in Balto
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It seems like I’ve been replacing credit cards every 2-3 months these days. Have y’all been lucky? And no, it’s not from porn sites.
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Post 2 made on Thursday February 1, 2018 at 21:14
Mac Burks (39)
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Small hotel/motels , fast food places, off brand ATM's at gas stations...

Those are the usual suspects for me. I suspect the people at the small hotels and fast food places are doing it. I think the ATM's are infected with a virus. One i started avoiding those places i havent had to get a single card replaced in almost 5 years.
Post 3 made on Thursday February 1, 2018 at 22:02
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I just had this happen with a customer yesterday in fact.  I got alerted because the credit card company was trying to take my money...


Years ago, right after 9/11 I purchased an entire row of airplance tickets from Oman Air just before Christmas, it really put a damper on our Christmas purchases......That wasn't cool.

It's the world we live in today....Not a lot you can do about it except stop using cards altogether, which really isn't feasible.

My wife works for Chase...You should hear some of the stories she comes home with, especially old people.....There are some heinous people in the world.
Post 4 made on Thursday February 1, 2018 at 23:26
Ernie Gilman
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Somebody was blocked from charging $160 on my personal card. It was someone at Charter Communications. With all the internecine division purchases, "we're Spectrum now" followed by invoicing from Time Warner, they have made SUCH a mess!

I spent more than an hour on the phone trying to track down what had happened. The hardest part was getting a phone number for Charter that was answered by someone who could put me in touch with Charter. Ultimately, the bank didn't accept the charge and I had to give up my pursuit.
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Post 5 made on Thursday February 1, 2018 at 23:58
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Maybe it has something to do with that you live in a city that was also the setting for one of the biggest crime series on tv.
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Post 6 made on Friday February 2, 2018 at 07:37
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Neighbor had his card stolen this last week. Thieves called his card company and ordered a replacement card to his own house, then picked it up and went to Sams Club a couple hours from here..... Also happened to grab his W2 that was in the mailbox that day... (now that's bad luck)

First purchase at Sam's $9000 Second purchase $2500

He asked how someone could buy stuff without ID, I said they had your credit 'card they probably got a new card with it....go to Sam's and ask for the picture..

Thats not kid stuff to try 9K from the get go... that's next level....

Told him they probably saw his card somewhere they worked and searched the internet for his address and targeted a rural address where they could pull up and steal his mail easily...
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Post 7 made on Friday February 2, 2018 at 07:48
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On February 2, 2018 at 07:37, chicagoinstaller said...
Neighbor had his card stolen this last week. Thieves called his card company and ordered a replacement card to his own house, then picked it up and went to Sams Club a couple hours from here..... Also happened to grab his W2 that was in the mailbox that day... (now that's bad luck)

First purchase at Sam's $9000 Second purchase $2500

He asked how someone could buy stuff without ID, I said they had your credit 'card they probably got a new card with it....go to Sam's and ask for the picture..

Thats not kid stuff to try 9K from the get go... that's next level....

Told him they probably saw his card somewhere they worked and searched the internet for his address and targeted a rural address where they could pull up and steal his mail easily...

Normally when you get a replacement card they print your credit limit on the letter it’s stuck to. It’s scary how much information people can find by just having your name and town you live in.

This is the EXACT reason the debit card gets locked away. Aside from the points you miss out by using your debit card it’s best to have the credit cards money on the line instead of your own tied up during the “investigation”
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Post 8 made on Friday February 2, 2018 at 07:55
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Tip: Get two work cards. One for those you trust for ordering and recurring stuff. Use the other as daily. So when the daily one gets hit you don’t have to update everybody else with new account information each time.

Seems I always had issues after an event like CEDIA. Never could pin it down though, suspected food concessions or the like.
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Post 9 made on Friday February 2, 2018 at 08:19
Dawn Gordon Luks
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I signed up with Virgin mobile for my Dad's cell phone a few years ago. I was hacked at least 3 times a year. It stopped when I got rid of Virgin Mobile.
Post 10 made on Friday February 2, 2018 at 09:02
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I go to only a couple of grocery stores and if I need to go to one for the first time, I usually pay cash. I do that in most places for the first time if it's likely to be the only time. I use the self-checkout at the grocery and I try to limit the number of others who see my card. I looked into switching to Spectrum from ATT (because I'm tired of ATT's crap) and the agent wanted my SS number- that's the one number I really try to avoid giving out. The last time I got a replacement cars was a couple of years ago and I didn't request it, the credit union sent it out with a letter to explain that someone else was hacked and they wanted to avoid problems.
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Post 11 made on Friday February 2, 2018 at 09:02
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My wife and I had ours stolen 10 times last year. I went through the invoices and the one common denominator was the local gas station. I always check for skimmer first, so they didn't get it that way. I went to the police and filed a report. We haven't had any issues since we moved until last week. My business debit card was compromised. I have never, ever used it, so they had to have used one of those RF scanners. I got the replacement and will keep the card in my desk. I only have it as a backup in case the cc gets compromised.
Post 12 made on Friday February 2, 2018 at 09:55
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Time to go back to the metal 'charge plate' that need to be used to imprint the slip. Doesn't need to have carbon paper, but it might be safer.

Does anyone know how strong the signal needs to be for the RFID cards? Never thought it would be a good solution- anything that can be read from a short" distance can be read form slightly farther away, barring the need for physical contact.

From USA Today link- [Link: usatoday.com]

"“Today, with about $50 worth of equipment, I could copy your magnetic stripe and start replicating cards,” he said."

Great. Effing great.
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Post 13 made on Friday February 2, 2018 at 10:31
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I haven't had any trouble, but I'm not a credit card junky. I won't use CC in the small stores or gas stations. My phone knows nothing about CC. (and I keep the Bluetooth turned OFF)

Those magnetic stripe readers have been available on the surplus market for decades. They were always good for a computer club or high school science project.

There are various Faraday shield bags available. Here are some examples.
Post 14 made on Friday February 2, 2018 at 11:07
Brad Humphrey
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I have a secured PO Box that I use for all mail at the post office.
I pay cash or check for most transactions, leaving the card for only things I have to.
I refuse to give personal information out and when a seller insists for a purchase, I decline and the purchase doesn't happen.

In all my years, I have only had my card info stolen twice. Both last year.
The 1st time was at the Best Western in Fayetteville, TN last year. I had 100% proof it was them (and I found a few other people they did it to as well). The credit card company got me a new card & refunded the charges but didn't care about the place that did it. Nor did my bank. And when I called the local police department, they seemed to not care either - just file a report (not even a "we will look into it").
It is no wonder there is so much credit card theft these days. High reward with hardly any risk. Even if you get caught, no one seems to f^n care! WTF!!!

The 2nd time was a few months ago. I still can't figure out where/how that one happened.
Post 15 made on Friday February 2, 2018 at 11:35
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With Experian and the other credit bureaus doing their job with such efficiency, security and to the best of their abilities, it's surprising that it doesn't happen more often. Then, to add insult to injury, they recommend checking with them to make sure it hasn't happened again in the following months and using a service like LifeLock, or their own paid services.

Thanks for pooching me, yet again.
My mechanic told me, "I couldn't repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder."
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