Why did T-Mobile try to charge me $6000?
July 10, 2009 8:36 PM Subscribe
T-Mobile just tried to charge my checking account almost $6000 despite the fact I don't have an account with T-Mobile. WTF?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (13 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
So I logged into my checking account the other day and found that that there were two charges that shouldn't be on there, both for $30. The description in it said they were from t-mobile.com and the two $30s were a "fee" because there were insufficient funds in my account to pay for two charges, one for about $4000 and the other for about $1800.
I do not have an account with T-Mobile, nor have I ever signed up for service with them. I called them and they told me that no one has opened an account under my name or SSN.
I also called my credit union. They refunded the $60 and blocked all further transactions to t-mobile.com.
Am I a victim of identity theft? I don't see how it could have happened. I have not lost my checkbook, my wallet or anything in it. I'm careful with my stuff. Also, I have less than $100 in my checking account right now (I'm a college student who basically lives paycheck to paycheck). Why would someone try to take out $6000 (and in two separate transactions)?
None of my other financial accounts seem to have been compromised. Nothing else is out of place.
I've changed all my passwords/log in info for all my accounts online. I'm running a virus scan. I looked up my credit report online and everything looks legit.
So why did T-Mobile try to take $6000 from me?