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Ok...I'm SO not impressed right now! I just got a credit card bill and on it was some charge for $110 from a company that I didn't recognize. So I called the company only to find out that someone named Caroline who lives on Frankfurt Avenue in Philly STOLE MY CREDIT CARD INFO and charged something!! Turns out they lost their cell phone and they called this company to report it and used MY info from MY credit card to get it back! How the heck did they get my info???!!! It's bad enough I had money go missing while I was there...now this? I'm so angry right now, I can barely contain myself!!!!
 

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WTF?!?!?! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/mad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Mad">
 

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Oh my!! that is freaky!<br><br>
They are giving you your money back right? Can you cancel that acct #?<br><br>
I had a similar experience a few years back. I got charged something and called my bank about it. They had me call the number listed on the transaction since it was kind of vague. Turns out that it was for something "adult" and when I asked the company who charged the account, they said the couldn't tell me because of privacy concerns. Hello?? I just told you that they stole the CC number!!!
 

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Many times credit card information can be stolen when your card is swiped @a retailer, restaurant, bar, etc. I'm soooo sorry!!
 

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I didn't even use that card when I was in Philly! Turns out there's another charge too...to Comcast...on the 25th. I cancelled my card and they'll do an investigation.<br><br>
The only time I was away from that card was during the run. I left it in the hotel room.
 

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Freaky! DH had his wallet stolen from his locker at the gym. Within a day, the criminal had gone to a bank and withdrawn $7000 from his account (it was our wedding money). Took us a month to get it back from the bank. The criminal would not have had access to his account and made 2 separate counter withdrawals from the same branch within an hour. Hmmm....interesting. /still mad
 

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Don't know what the laws are in Canada or if they're covered by the same credit bureaus here in the states (Equifax, Trans Union & Experian), but perhaps you should put a fraud alert on your whole credit profile if that hasn't been done already. Don't want any fraudulent credit cards or other credit lines opened up in your name without your knowing to boot.<br><br>
As for the Philly situation, maybe you had a receipt or something with you with that credit card number printed on that? It's weird that they would be able to get such information for a card that you didn't even use during your time in the states. In some ways, it would worry me more about what credit information is out there in the netherworld considering your circumstances
 

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Ugh.... that sucks... we had friends who had their account hacked. It was all part of a "ring". Everyone within a 5 day period who used debit cards at this one particular gas station (not too far from me), had their accounts drained. All of the money was withdrawn in NJ. It was pretty <b>organized</b> if you know what I mean. My friend totally ripped his bank a new one - they took forever to cooperate with him or the police, and to his point "They don't allow me to withdraw more than $500 at a time via ATM why did they allow the crooks to withdraw thousands at a time.."<br><br>
I'm so sorry that happened to you. Having to deal with all that sucks.
 

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It worries me what other info they might have...ugh.<br><br>
The thing with the money is that I was short and I hadn't spent anything other than the money to get the shuttle from the airport. I chalked it up to me doing something stupid(giving the guy a $50 instead of a $20 by mistake). But now I wonder.
 

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That sucks <b>Clare.</b> My wife and I had issues similar to yours in the last couple of years. It really pisses you off to think there are people out there willing to do shit like that. Hopefully youll get everything resolved quickly.
 

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This is my realm of expertise. *grin* If you still have the card in your possession then what most likely happed is someone skimmed the card number or obtained from a receipt.
 

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That sucks big time!! Sorry Colleen!!!!!<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Sad">
 

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Scary!! I wonder how they got your card info. Do you think there is a Caroline on the cleaning crew at your hotel? If it were me I'd call that hotel and inquire with the manager.
 

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Like <b>Kini</b>, I do know a few things about this. I did some serious research, including talking to the FBI and other folks (like a guy who was the head of the presidential computer crime commission for many years). I second everyone that has made the following points:<br><br>
1. You shouldn't be liable for any charges<br>
2. This sucks and I'm sorry you have to deal with this<br>
3. You should contact the credit unions (the US ones, even if they are not used in Canada) and put a ID theft hold on your accounts. This will stop any ID thief from being able to open any new accounts without additional identity confirmation. I would think this would make it pretty hard for a thief to open an account in the US with your info from Canada. Do you guys use Social Security Numbers for your credit info there in Canadia?<br><br>
It just pisses me off when I hear about this. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/Whaxatk.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="whax">
 

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I have this set up (years ago, someone tried to open a cell phone acct in my name). The one negative aspect of this is that you can never get instant credit in a store. If you are shopping and they give an additional discount if you open a credit card account that day, you will NOT be able to open a credit card that day. A small price to pay, but something to consider.
 
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