Is there any connection between these debit card theft issues?
January 10, 2013 8:11 PM Subscribe
My friend and I both had our debit card numbers stolen within 2 days of each other. Is it possible that we can trace this back to one sketchy business and does it even matter if we can?
posted by Mrs.Spiffy to Work & Money (16 answers total)
My friend is visiting from out of town. The day after she arrived I received an email from my bank saying that there was some fraudulent activity on my debit card. Someone had charged $200 to an online gaming company using my debit card. I called the bank and let them know that it wasn't me and they rejected the transactions before they went through. The bank cancelled that card and are sending me a new one. No biggie.
Fast forward to this evening, when my friend received the exact same email from her bank (we have the same bank) saying that she also had fraudulent debit card activity. She called and found out it was another online gaming company (not the same exact company, but very similar). The bank shut it down and we are now in the same boat.
Since she got into town, we have both used our debit cards at the local convenience store/bodega on my block. It is the only establishment where we have both used our debit cards since she got here. We don't know anything about how debit card numbers get stolen/sold, so we are wondering if we should alert the bodega or alert our bank that we suspect the information leak may have originated from the same business. We don't want to accuse anyone of anything without any real evidence, but we also don't want to let anyone off the hook for trying to steal our money. What should we do, if anything, to try to nail these suckers?