A side track from… or confirmation of (?)… “Who needs soap operas when you have real life?”

The GnuKid’s credit card was scammed.

No, it wasn’t The Spousal Unit. No way she could have… or, honestly, would have… acted that fast or vindictively.

Living here in the Wilds of Ohio, and for the past week in the opening round of a divorce, I got a call from a credit card fraud alert firm. Seems that my credit card was used five times at Wal-Mart to buy stuff… lots of stuff… in Florida.

For those geographically challenged or just unfamiliar, the purchases were made some 700 miles from where I live and work. About as far from London to Madrid… or Johannesburg to Cape Town… or Sydney to Adelaide…

Ah! I hear the Sally Sleuths and Doug Detectives amongst you saying, “Yes, but GnuKid has a pilot’s license and could get there in just a few hours!”

Damn, I would have gotten away with it were it not for you meddling kids…

Okay, not really. Besides having multiple witnesses in The Wilds of Ohio of my whereabouts throughout the day, I also have the credit card records showing I made purchases here as well. The point is, I’m not trying to scam the system… someone scammed me.

The weird thing, and the caution to you gentle readers, is that the credit card was swiped in Florida… no, not “swiped” as a synonym for “stolen”. “Swiped” as in a credit card was actually run through a card reader machine to make the purchases. Whoever did this had a duplicate card.

Yes, I checked that I still had my card in my possession. No, I don’t know how “they” [ominous music plays] got my card information and made a new card. No, neither does the fraud alert agency, though she did use the word “clever” in describing the perpetrators. No, neither does the credit card agency know for sure how this happened. Wild speculation is that there may be hand held card readers that can scan and store information just by brushing up against pants or purse (Yeah, I carry a purse… what of it?).

In other words – – – “Wah!!”

So, yeah… emotionally drained from the initial salvos of a divorce and I get to add this to the list of stuff to take care of…

Consider this a cautionary tale to any and all of you who have credit cards. Keep your eye on the bills, as the fraud alert folks don’t always. Be ready to cancel immediately if there are problems. If you do get scammed, put a fraud alert on your credit via the credit report people so that no one else can open an account in your name. Drink heavily and often to shield yourself from the reality of the shitheel assholes in the world who would steal.

And, yes, for those who are wondering… the main story line of my true-to-life soap opera continues on… check back…


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11 Responses to “Scammed”

  1. leavingevangeline Says:

    Gnu! I’m so sorry some jackass is stealing your money! How RUDE!

    Seriously, that sucks. Hopefully the credit card company won’t hold you responsible for any of it…and that the “perp” doesn’t screw up your credit.


    You are just getting hit from all sides.

  2. daisyfae Says:

    Have you been in the company of any squirrels lately? I’m not sayin’… but they really can’t be trusted…

  3. silverstar98121 Says:

    Yeah, they have card readers that are portable, and all the cashier has to do is swipe it through the stand-alone to steal your info. I hear it’s big business. They don’t bother with mine, because I have no credit, essentially. He who steals my credit card info steals trash.

    Meanwhile, it sounds like they got on it early, so that you won’t have this following you for years. The closest I’ve ever come is someone stole my calling card number and made calls to Timbuktu. This was in the olden days when the movie War Games had just come out. I told the people at the calling card company that somebody had just programmed a self-dialer to dial until they hit an number that worked, like they did in the movie. They didn’t believe me. Oh, to be that naive again.

  4. Rob Says:

    That bites gnukid. These motherf*ckers need to be rounded up, shot and pissed on.

  5. Parenthesis Says:

    Man, who did you piss off? ‘cos it seems the universe has it in for you right now my friend. Some advice: tread lightly if you see a black cat, and stay away from ladders. And mirrors. And Wal-Mart’s. May I offer you a four leaf clover instead? Sheesh.

  6. Uncle Keith Says:

    That explains why my assassin squirrels were eating bulk romain noodles. Nice sleuthing DaisyFae.

  7. thegnukid Says:

    le – i don’t think people like this care if they’re rude. i’m having fun thinking of proper… or improper… punishments for the likes

    daisyfae – the little bastards. i was warned there’d be retribution for sending the troops after the assassin squirrels. now the sneaks are attacking me directly!

    silverstar – sorely tempted to go cash only. won’t, but tempted. i remember when WarGames came out and was leading edge technogeewhiz stuff. now i see it on tv and get the giggles…

    rob – yeah! that was exactly one of the improper punishments i was thinking of. what pains in the ass they are.

    parenthesis – the karma gods are giggling at this great cosmic joke being played on me. i’ll be crossing fingers and other body parts, carrying rabbits feet and four leaf clovers, and being very paranoid… is that enough?

    UK – yeah, you warned me. i’ll know better next time to be more wary. i hope the little rodents choke on their noodles. and don’t think just because you’re moving my troops won’t track you down!

  8. nursemyra Says:

    wow you are having a bad run of it…..

  9. thegnukid Says:

    nm – …but with a smile on my face of hope for the future… :->

  10. Dolce Says:

    So maybe that light at the end of the tunnel really was the on coming train?


  11. thegnukid Says:

    dolce – but i’ll be nimble and sidestep it. too much at stake. i’m focused on finding fun during the process, even if the process sucks

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