posted on Apr, 30 2011 @ 08:40 PM
That is awful!
On the week before Easter my husband had a similar disaster happen to him/us. We went to the beach two hours from our house for a three night spring
break stay. We went out to eat at a seafood place called Spuds at Murells Inlet at Myrtle Beach, SC. The waitress took his Visa card at the end of the
meal then came back and said it was declined. So, he gave her his Discover card. The very next day the Visa card people called his cell phone, and
told him they shut off the card. We were stunned... That card had been in my purse prior to the restraunt, where he had asked for it back. I had used
it at Lowes the previous week to buy plumbing parts. The next day, he used the Discover card at Walgreens and was declined. He immediately called
Discover and found out they closed the compromised card off because someone outside of Huston, Texas had used it to buy $500.00+/-gas. He is not
responsible for that bill either, and they will to send him a new card.
He started talking to the representative and we discovered what had happened was the waitress, or who ever ran the cash registrar copied the numbers
on both cards. So there we were, on vacation with only my credit cards working. The fbi or police was supposed to go over and shut the restraunt down
the next day, on the Saturday of Easter weekend. Can you imagine the damage to the owners's profit...? Not to mention we are state locals and we talk.
We know people in the state ... this will get around. Myrtle Beach SC has crime problems.
Here is the bottom line.... Never ever let your card out of your sight, walk to the registar and stand there and pay.
These crooks use camera phones and can e-mail /send that information to someone else's phone instantly....
Keep $100.00 worth of traveler's checks on yourself for emergencies.
What the waitress' crook friends did was make a new card and spent the daily limit on it. Fortunately the software programs at Visa and Discover are
smartware. We felt violated and taken advantage by that waitress, who was a young petiete, sweet, twenty something that is going to jail. She got
caught. It might be a mophia related crime.
Restraunts are noted for this fraud. A friend of ours paid at a Mexican restraunt and charges were rung up in Mexico! There are some online tips on
how to protect yourself from this type of fraud. Best of luck to you, I am sorry this happens to people like us.
edit on 30-4-2011 by frugal
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