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Personal: Bloody Brits 
28th-Aug-2010 03:14 pm
For the first time in – what's it been? – something like the thirteen-odd years I've been conducting business over the internet, I've been hacked. I got to thinking last night that it had been awhile since I'd gotten a statement on a particular card I use. I tried to access the account last night to pay whatever I might owe now, and wasn't able to log into it. I then tried to use the account to buy a few used books off of Amazon that I need, only to receive notices this morning that those various bookstores were having trouble being paid on that card. So I called into the account's service center just now and discovered that the account had been suspended due to suspicious activity, where "I" had apparently been purchasing things off of websites in the United Kingdom. I went through the purchasing records with the agent helping me, identifying which were mine and which were not (including a payment after the other purchases to a service called "Hide my IP Address"), and straightening things out. It doesn't shake my confidence in doing online business, but still. Suckage.
28th-Aug-2010 08:26 pm (UTC)
On behalf of my country, sorry.
31st-Aug-2010 08:44 pm (UTC)
You have more than evened the score! :-)
28th-Aug-2010 09:01 pm (UTC)
Horrible but glad it ended well.

For what it's worth, the one time my husband (Mr_Messy) had his credit card used fraudulently, it was from someone who got the numbers in a restaurant or gas station. The media puts so much attention on online fraud and identity theft, but the good old fashioned real life life stuff happens probably just as often.
31st-Aug-2010 08:45 pm (UTC)
And I'm sure that's just as likely in this case: someone who was slightly smarter than usual might have just ordered overseas to make things more confusing, I suppose....
29th-Aug-2010 03:01 am (UTC)
I've had my credit card info stolen by Russkies...or at least they bought a lot of services from Russians with very limited English...mostly providers of certain...entertainment services, as Ivan called them.
31st-Aug-2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
Russia does need quality entertainment, I'd imagine.
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31st-Aug-2010 08:47 pm (UTC)
No kidding, right? :-)
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