Saturday, February 4, 2012

Skimmers!


Know what a Skimmer is??
Its something that can make you broke in seconds...
On Thursday night I received a call from a blocked number, normally I would never answer those calls but for some reason I did. It was Bank of Americas fraud department asking if I was by chance traveling in NY. Ummm no... happily in warm Cali...
Well someone was having a ball with my checking account number jacking over a thousand dollars. F!ck
I slept like crap because I kept thinking how did this happen? Although as a sheriff dispatcher, I should have known better. This happens all day every day. My main thought of what happened is a gas station skimmer... this is a HUGE problem right now. This is what it looks like....
See at the top how it kinda bulges out where you stick your card in? Its a skimmer, copying your account number. It holds about 400 numbers, then the shithead comes back two days later and picks it up.

Thankfully on Tuesday I should have my money back, but I also found out my cute hello kitty card is no longer being made :(

(clearly not my actual card)

Soooo... my advice to you?? Only pay cash at gas stations!!



13 comments:

Emma said...

Omg! That is awful awful awful! I am so sorry and now so scared! Ah. Seriously...what is wrong with people?! Makes me mad!

Breanna Hohenstein said...

WOW that is so wrong! I had a fraud agency that called me the other day just to make sure I had made a specific online purchase which I did thankfully! I'm going to take your advice & start using cash!

Rach said...

This has been a problem in my area too! If you can't pay cash, use your credit card rather than debit-it's easier to recover fraudulent charges on a credit card that if they just wipe out your entire checking account via debit!

Leigh said...

That is terrible! Glad that you got your money back though.

ashleigh said...

aw im so sorrry =[

CMae said...

If you are like me, I never have "enough" or the exact amount it will take to fill my gas tank so I don't use cash anymore because if I did, my tank wouldn't ever be "full"

Aimee said...

holy moly that is so scary! thanks for the heads up because i did not know what a skimmer is. glad you will be getting your money back though that has to be a huge relief!

lori said...

i have heard of skimmers, but didn't know what they looked like. how i know what to look for. thanks! my husband is a police officer, and we've had our account info stolen twice, thankfully our banks fraud dept has been awesome both times and we got ALL of our money back very quickly.

hope you get all of your money back very soon!

Lindsay [Bella Cene'] said...

Wow! I had no idea! I'm so glad you shared a picture because now I know what to look for... So sorry for all this crap but at least you get your money back!!

Married...with a Pup said...

I seriously had no idea!!! Thanks for sharing. I'm sorry about your situation! Kinda scary!

Erin said...

WOW! I'd never even heard of skimmers before... So sorry that happened to you! I appreciate the heads up though, UGH!!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

Oh no! I hate when stuff like this happens. It's such a pain! At least you'll be getting your money back!

amanda* said...

Grr! Isn't this the worst?! I had this happen to me like 2 weeks ago!
I went to use my card and it had been compromised by the bank! Thankfully they only took $3 but they were probably going to take more if I didn't notice it!

This is the worst! Sorry this happened to you its so frustrating!

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