Jun 05 2007

ATM mishap

Published by at 10:48 am under Privacy,Simple Security

Early last month I accidentally left my ATM card in a local machine.  As a good security professional, I called and had the card canceled as soon as I realized what I’d done.  When I got the new card, everything was good again.  Except for the accounts I’d had using that card, such as my ISP.  Which I was reminded of by a banner across my browser this morning.

If losing one card can cause this much trouble, I hate to think of what recovering from a case of identity theft would be like for the victim.  The people I’ve talked to say the recovery is a several year long process, and can have repercussions for years.  Having to replace a single card is a cake walk in comparison.  I’m just glad of the excellent support staff at Sonic.net that had me back online within 30 minutes.

Have you had a personal experience with identity theft or know of a site about personal experiences?  Send me a link or leave a comment.

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3 Responses to “ATM mishap”

  1. Charleneon 05 Jun 2007 at 1:33 pm

    A friend of mine was just telling me about how her bank replaced her card because of the TJX situation. It was replaced months ago. She recently got called by a business that was charging to that card because it didn’t work this past month.

    Her bank had been processing the transactions on the OLD card for months because:

    1. It was a small town bank.
    2. The transactions had been there before the TJX situation.

    When she found out she went ballistic. The person she talked to at the bank couldn’t understand why.

  2. Michael Durnackon 05 Jun 2007 at 7:44 pm

    Every identity theft experience is difficult to some degree and even be dangerous as in the case of medical ID theft. Most leave scars that don’t go away.

    I have spoken personally with victims from all walks of life and some stories become unbeleivable.

    I recently had a woman tell me that a close relative stole her identity and charged $6,000 in her name. In order to prove that she did not authorize these charges, she had to file a police report. The police report required an arrest of her relative, after all the bank issuing the credit card needs some proof that you were not involved. She new this police record would ruin the relatives life, but knew she did not have the money to pay for the illegal charges and her credit (and life) would be impacted immensely if she did not press charges to get the $6,000 removed from her name.

    I have recently started a blog about self defense for identity theft and you will find many diverse situations regarding identity theft.

  3. Network Dudeon 06 Jun 2007 at 11:56 am

    I had CitiBank call me that my account was one of the many stolen TJX accounts…they immediately replaced the card. Good deal. Companies like Citi Group are doing a good job in trying to prevent identity theft. As Martin mentioned, the real pain is having to adjust all the automatic payments.

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