Thievery

So it seems some low life piece of scum has managed to get hold of my debit card details and has been using it to purchase… something.

First transaction was two days ago (I guess to test it works) for £10. Listed in my bank statement as “Maidenhead”. Second one for £50 listed the same way and a third for £50 listed as “Vodafone CTR, Newbury”.

My card is now cancelled and nice lady at the Bank said I should get my money back without any hassle. Need to talk to their Fraud Unit of course.

I was only checking my bank, online, to see how much I could give Louise to take with her on her shopping trip to Newcastle this weekend. Thanks to the fuckwits I now have no bank card (thankfully my parents will help tide us over).

It’s at times like these that I lose ALL sympathy with any form of criminal. Those poor darlings who complain about their human rights being abused can chuff right off. They broke the law, knowingly in most cases, so they have to suffer. Tough shit. They should think themselves lucky I’m not trying to get their details and going round with a baseball bat.

Feel free to disagree with me, but be warned that I’m seriously, utterly UTTERLY fucked off. Not in a good mood. Bitter and angry. Any suggestions that these fuckers deserve anything from the system will be meet with derision and scorn. A roof, a bed, three square meals and clean clothes and living conditions. Other than that they should all shut up and learn that life is about consequences.

Ohh and credit to the lady I spoke to on the phone, obviously realised how wound up I was and dealt with me expertly. Not ALL call centres are bad.

Still fucked off though, especially as I have no idea where they got my card details from. I’m very careful online, and I don’t hand it over at restaurants… wracking my brain to figure this out.

11 comments

  1. Skimmed in a cash machine? Used it in a petrol station (I heard a well-argued programme recently on Radio 4 that said that many independent petrol station operators find the margins are so tight, thanks to Tesco, Sainsbury et al, that when a gang approaches them to collect card details fraudulently, it is often a choice between that and going bust)? Cloned from a discarded bill?

    My advice? Keep all your cash stuffed in the mattress.

  2. The same happened to me with my credit card – and I am also not someone that hands it over in restaurants or bars and am very careful online. My credit card company suspects it was in a petrol station, ditto what graybo says above. And in my case, they took over three grand in as many days. Bastards. It did get sorted with the Fraud dept at my credit card company, but it has taken some months for all the transactions to be removed from my bills. Grr. Bastards!!! Hope you get it sorted pronto.

  3. Fuckers! I have no sympathy with the thieving swines what so ever as I was done earlier this year, both credit and bank accounts. Like you I was raging as they had emptied my bank account and also done it by using a false cheque cashed in at Byres Road. I wanted to hunt them down, there must be camera’s and I even offered to sit and go through the tapes if they weren’t willing. Never heard anything again from the bank or the police.

    Like you I’m pretty careful and I’ve still no real idea how they got my details. Most folk think it was via mail/rubbish raking or an inside job at the bank. Either way it is NOT a victimless crime and the robbing swines aren’t taking from the banks – they are robbing individuals, inducing anger, paranoia and a few weeks/months of hassle as you get finances back on track. I even did a credit check recently to make sure there were no loans or debts taken out in my name as this happened to a girl at our work. Six months after being defrauded she was rejected a loan – turns out the thief had opened up a couple of loans in her name.

    Still makes me angry now and also every time I hear about it happening to someone I know. Good luck.

  4. As others have said, the most likely is a petrol station – I hadn’t heard the piece Graybo mentioned, but round here there were a whole bundle of investigations around garages skimming cards etc.

    Basically, think back to any transaction where you’ve had to put your pin number in twice. Odds are, that’s the one.

  5. Those fucking fuckers! I use a petrol station card when paying for petrol. The only other time I use my card is when I’m at the supermarket or buying animal feed. It pays to be vigilant! I’m so glad you caught it in time.

  6. I got skimmed at a cash machine just off Regent Street a couple of years ago. I was fuming and when I reported it to the police who are a couple of minutes away they said that more than FIFTY people had been victims of the same scam. It beggers belief that people have the barefaced cheek to not only rob you or whatever crime they choose to commit but then whine about their human rights. Hell-o! Human rights weren’t exactly at the top of their agenda when they committed the crimes! We’re so busy protecting the rights of people who have no respect or regard for others that we forget to take care of ordinary decent, people. I know for a FACT that when you are defrauded through a petrol station or a supermarket, there is often someone on the inside involved. Wankers! Ooh, I feel angry for you!
    Anyway, thanks for the word of support. If I get in trouble, I may have to take you up on your offer 😉

  7. Their balls should be ripped off. And if they’re female and don’t have balls, they should go through an operation to have balls attached to them (without any pain relief) and then have them ripped off.

    At least you’ll get your money back, which is something, but really…fucking fuckers.

  8. Mine was scanned at the Jet petrol station in renfrew once, but it was an old card and I was getting rid of it. bank asked me why i was trying to use my expired card about 30 days later.

    Apparently sri lankan gangs (Indian)

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