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#550391 - 22nd Jul 2011 9:29am : New way of STEALING...
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Be sure to read Scene 3. Quite interesting.
This is a new one. People sure stay busy
Trying to cheat us, don't they?


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...
Hmm, 'He dressed and just flipped the wallet to make sure all was in order.
Everything looked okay - all 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 transactions.
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 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.
The thief broke into his locker at the gym and switched cards.

Verdict: The credit card issuer said 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 added up to 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 it 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 it back, apologized, and hurried back to the counter under the watchful eye of the man.
All the waitress did while walking to the counter was wave the wrong expired card to the counter cashier, and the counter cashier immediately looked down and took out the real card.
No exchange of words --- nothing! She took it 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 the credit card without even looking at it, 'assuming it has to be theirs.
Yesterday I went into a pizza restaurant to pick up an order that I had called in.
I paid by using my Visa Check 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 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 dialling..
I noticed the phone because it is the same model I have, but 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'm paying close attention to what he is 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 has 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, because had we not had the same kind of phone, I probably would never have known what happened.
Needless to say, I immediately cancelled that card as I was walking out of the pizza parlour.
All I am saying is, be aware of your surroundings at all times.
Whenever you are using your credit card 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 phones, because many have a camera phone these days.


Never let your card out of your sight.....check and check again!

Scary isn't it.....

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#550398 - 22nd Jul 2011 9:47am Re: : New way of STEALING... [Re: Tubbs]
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thanks for the warnings, am never letting mine out of my sight again (and will watching people more closesly).

#550413 - 22nd Jul 2011 10:01am Re: : New way of STEALING... [Re: Tubbs]
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Posts: 181
Loc: Wirral
Urban myths.

#550414 - 22nd Jul 2011 10:02am Re: : New way of STEALING... [Re: Tubbs]
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Thanks for posting Tubbs

#550415 - 22nd Jul 2011 10:04am Re: : New way of STEALING... [Re: davaw1]
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Originally Posted By: davaw1
Urban myths.

even if it is, you can never be too careful these days.

#550417 - 22nd Jul 2011 10:06am Re: : New way of STEALING... [Re: Snickas]
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Originally Posted By: Snickas
Originally Posted By: davaw1
Urban myths.

even if it is, you can never be too careful these days.


#550428 - 22nd Jul 2011 10:22am Re: : New way of STEALING... [Re: Tubbs]
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Worst one was card receipts from ATMs, peeps used to use those, didn't even need a card back then.

#550432 - 22nd Jul 2011 10:26am Re: : New way of STEALING... [Re: Tubbs]
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oh i always take mine and put it through the shredder when i get home...has always scared me that you can see some of your cards numbers on them.

#550463 - 22nd Jul 2011 12:22pm Re: : New way of STEALING... [Re: Tubbs]
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It's surprising someone took the time to actually type this up.

I'll put their name down for the captain obvious award. wink

#550467 - 22nd Jul 2011 12:31pm Re: : New way of STEALING... [Re: Tubbs]
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Urban myths or not.If it saves one person from being ripped off it will have been worthwhile posting

#550472 - 22nd Jul 2011 12:50pm Re: : New way of STEALING... [Re: Tubbs]
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Registered: 14th Nov 2007
Posts: 435
Loc: Wirral
Number one certainly isn't an urban myth, someone I worked with had one of his cards nicked from his wallet when it was in his jacket on the back of a chair at a meeting in a hotel.

They left his wallet and jsut took one card so it was only when he needed to use that particualr card that he found out and they'd already spent loads of cash on the net on stuff.

The other one that's definitely true as it happened to my sister in laws family was someone cloned his card and ordered a load of DJ equipment. on the delivery day he asked the delivery driver to call his mobile (the thief that is) when he was nearly there to make sure he was in. THe thief then "happened" to meet the delivery driver at the end of the drive and signed for the goods without them ever making it into the house. When the driver had gone, he just put the stuff into his own van and disapeared. It was only cos a neighbout saw it and called the Police that anyone knew anything about it.

#550475 - 22nd Jul 2011 12:57pm Re: : New way of STEALING... [Re: Tubbs]
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Registered: 9th Jul 2008
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Loc: Birkenhead
The moral to all these stories (if they were in UK) is NOT to have a debit card in your wallet unless you need it. With credit cards you are much better covered because of the consumer credit act. There are scams out there - but if you don't receive the goods, you can claim a refund from the credit card company.
In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act. George Orwell

When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser. Socrates

#550502 - 22nd Jul 2011 1:14pm Re: : New way of STEALING... [Re: Tubbs]
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Registered: 6th Dec 2010
Posts: 62
Loc: Ellesmere Port
The first one is definitely not an urban myth. It happened to 2 of my work colleagues in a gym in chester.

Luckily they noticed early.

#550520 - 22nd Jul 2011 2:05pm Re: : New way of STEALING... [Re: Smeghead]
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methinks security needs to be updated at that gym in chester
ALWAYS REMEMBER BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU:::::::: Have a nice day and an even better one tomorrow

#550537 - 22nd Jul 2011 2:41pm Re: : New way of STEALING... [Re: Tubbs]
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Registered: 26th Mar 2010
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A good friend of mine had his card copied whilst in a restaurant in Amsterdam. The mistake I assume he made was to let the waiter walk away with the card, thus taking it out of my friends sight.

Moral of the story follow your card and never let it out of your sight! Do not worry about being polite either as regards this issue.
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