June 17, 2009

I've been HACKED?!! SAY WHAT?!!!!!

Yep, the day before I leave for a week and just about a week and a half before my big trip to the States, someone got a hold of my CREDIT CARD number and ran up a few charges on my MC/Debit card.... FRAUD!!! It was about $58 or so total so not too much... WHEW!!

A BIG HUGE SHOUT OUT to Chase Manhattan/Wamu for blocking my card the other day! I didn't understand at the time why iTunes wouldn't take my card for my purchases, but now that it's all as clear as day, I'm VERY thankful that they stopped it before my bank account was emptied! Thanks WAMU and to all of your wonderful phone reps who I spoke to today trying to get this straightened out at around 11 pm!
**One a funny note, the manager of Fraud Control was telling me what the charges were and asked me about the "Virgin Love Magazine." HUH??!!! HUHH??!! This was a bit funny... and I thought that surely some amateurs had hacked into my credit card info and were trying to buy sexy magazines of the internet!
There are more details to this story, but let's just say that when I was on the phone with a Claim's rep and we were going over the "false" charges to my account together. I was looking at my online banking when it dawned on me that it was actually- "Virgin Louv Mag Paris" for $102.90 - I ran to get my concert ticket that I purchased on June 5, and sure enough- that was the culprit... Virgin Louvre Mag Paris" = not Lov magazine... WHOOPS!! That's funny! It was, in fact, my own charge.... to see Eros Ramazzotti in concert in March 2010.
Oh well, I had to cancel the card and the manager was also nice enough to say he'd FedEx it to my bank in San Diego so that it will be there by the time I get there on the 1st July! Wheew!!


debi_in_Hawaii said...

Oh shit! These scumbags need to be guillotined...thinned from the herd!!

shannon said...

That sucks!!

But I'm glad they didn't run it up too much!! And I'm glad you have it all taken care of.

Notes from Noël said...

That happened to us too!! Someone bought an airline ticket with our credit card 1 month ago!

Nadege said...

Someone got hold of my credit card numbers (it happened in a restaurant I think) and charged a bit over $10,000 in airline tickets. Not fun! I guess we will cross each other in the sky or you will be in the airplane that just arrived at LAX. Air France July 1,
ETD 3.30 pm. Coming back on the 23rd.

Ron said...

Hi Leesa!

HOLY COW!!! This is one of my biggest fears!

Glad Chase/Wamu caught it!

You ROCK guys!!!

This same thing happened to my mother, only it wasn't an online purchase - it happened while she was purchasing something in a store!

Hope you having a great weekend, Leesa!


Little Miss Cupcake said...

OMG, that is so crazy! This has happened to a few friends of mine here in Paris. It's all anyone seems to be talking about lately.

Am enjoying your blog and reading about what you have been up to Stateside. Jealous about your new computer. Glad to hear you have been getting in shape and feeling better.

See you back here in September. We're getting so psyched about our upcoming US trip!

x Cat