If you weren’t paranoid about your credit cards….

This will make you.
This was forwarded to me, but some good info either way.
A friend went to the local gym and placed his belongings in the locker. After the workout and a shower, he came out, saw the locker open, and thought to himself, “Funny, I thought I locked the locker. Hmmmmm.” He dressed and just flipped his wallet open to make sure that all was in order. Everything looked okay – all credit cards were in place.
A few weeks later, his credit card bill came – a whooping bill of $14.000! He called the credit card company and started yelling at them, saying that he did not make the huge transactions listed. Customer care personnel verified that there was no mistake in the system, and asked if his card had been stolen.
“No,” he said, but then he took out his wallet, pulled out the credit card, and yep – you guessed it – a switch had been made. An expired similar credit card from the same bank was in the wallet. A thief broke into his locker at the gym and switched cards.
Verdict: The credit card issuer said that since he did not report the card missing earlier, he would have to pay the amount owed to them. How much did he have to pay for items he did not buy? $9,000! Why were there no calls made to verify the amount swiped? Small amounts rarely trigger a “warning bell” with some credit card companies. It just so happens that all the small amounts purchased added up to a big one!
A man at a local restaurant paid for his meal with his credit card. The bill for the meal came, he signed it, and the waitress folded the receipt and passed the credit card along. Usually, he would just take the receipt and place it in his wallet or pocket. Funny enough, though, he actually took a look at the card and, lo and behold, it was the expired card of another person. He called the waitress and she looked perplexed. She took the card back, apologized, and hurried back to the counter under the watchful eye of the man.
All the waitress did while walking back to the counter was wave the wrong expired card at the counter cashier, and the counter cashier immediately looked down and took out the real card. No exchange of words – nothing! The waitress took the right card and came back to the man with an apology.
Verdict: Make sure the credit cards in your wallet are yours.
Check the name on the card every time you sign for something and/or the card is taken away for even a short period of time. Many people just take back a credit card without even looking at it, thinking that it had to be theirs.
Yesterday, I went into a pizza restaurant to pick up an order that I had called in. I paid for it by using my personal Client Card which, of course, is linked directly to my checking account. The young man behind the counter took my card, swiped it, then laid it flat on the counter as he waited for the approval, which is pretty standard procedure. While he waited, he picked up his cell phone and started dialing. I noticed the phone, because it is the same model I have. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary.
Then I heard a click that sounded like my phone sounds when I take a picture. He then gave me back my card, but kept the phone in his hand as if he was still pressing buttons. Meanwhile, I’m thinking: I wonder what he is taking a picture of, oblivious to what was really going on. It then dawned on me: the only thing there was my credit card, so now I began paying close attention to what he was doing.
He set his phone on the counter, leaving it open. About five seconds later,
I heard the chime that tells you that the picture had been saved. Now I’m standing there, struggling with the fact that this boy just took a picture of my credit card. Yes, he played it off well, and because had we not had the same kind of phone, I probably would never have known what happened. Needless to say, I immediately canceled that card as I was walking out of the pizza parlor.
All I am saying is, be aware of your surroundings at all times.
Whenever you are using your credit cards, take caution and don’t be careless. Notice who is standing near you and what they are doing when you use your card. Be aware of cell phones, because many people have a camera phone these days. When you are in a restaurant and the waiter/waitress brings your card and receipt for you to sign, make sure you scratch the number off. Some restaurants are using only the last four digits, but a lot of them are still putting the whole credit card number on there. I have already been a victim of credit card fraud and, believe me, it is not fun. The truth is that they can get you even when you are careful, but don’t make it easy for them.

Written by Mike Klassen