Doug’s stolen credit card

Anne and I had a wonderful vacation, a very relaxing week of done nothing.

The not-so-good ending is that our credit card number was stolen. It was lucky that I decided to check our credit card balances on line right after we got back, just to see what damage we had incurred.  The $1,800 charge for airfare from Accra, Ghana to JFK to Cincinnati got my immediate attention, as did the $790 charge by an Internet Service Provider in Oregon.  Of course, I immediately contacted the credit card company (and the companies that billed our account) and initiated the “Lost Card” protocol.  While it may be a wait to get these charges reversed, at least no more damage will be done.

The Morale: Do not wait for your monthly credit card statement!  I recommend that you check your card balances ON-LINE at least every two weeks (i.e. in mid-billing cycle).  Also, in the event of fraud, immediately contact one of three credit reporting companies (Equifax, Experian, TransUnion) and have a “Fraud Alert” placed in your credit files (One call will do this for all three companies.).

Doug

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3 Responses to “Doug’s stolen credit card”

  1. John Smoller Says:

    Doug, were you charging shots of Tequila?

  2. Doug Says:

    Rum. When in Rome, do as the Romans do. When in the Virgin Islands…

  3. John Smoller Says:

    Do as the Virgins do?

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