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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 2019-10-12, 11:51 AM Thread Starter
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Question Credit Cards? Stolen numbers.

Recently (with in the last month) I've had my Visa & Master Card numbers stolen. At first I thought someone hacked into my computer to get the numbers.

I was speaking to a friend and told him about what has happen to me , he said the same had happen to him in the same time period. So at least I know no one hacked my computer to get the numbers.

I'm not sure hoew this individual got my card info, but a warning to other out there check your card statements to see if you where't hit as well.

All the stuff that was purchased was either on line ore Pay Pal $660 on Visa $10 on Master Card although 2 transactions where denied before Master Card froze the account.

I'm not sure why Visa didn't do the same when 4 items $132 charged 4X on same day from H&M On Line & $29 twice on same day from CLEOCLIFF on Pay Pal why it wasn't "RED FLAGGED"

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 2019-10-12, 12:39 PM
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This may be related to the various hacks of various institutions over the past year or so. Quite often the hackers wait for several months before using the hacked information.

CC algorithms to find abnormal purchases are pretty good these days, but not infallible. If the purchases fall in line with something you've done in the past, then a "red flag" doesn't necessarily pop up.

Not only do I check my statements, but I go to my CC website about once a week. In the past (a few years back) I've had my CC information stolen (probably at a gas pump), but the card was flagged after the first "purchase of concern" and I was called. My Rogers MasterCard now provides the option for a text to be sent to your phone for any anomalous purchases and you can text back saying yes or no if it was you.

Interestingly, when I was talking to my CC company when they called me several years back, they would not provide me with any hints about how my CC number was obtained, but they did say that I had done nothing wrong, so there was no behaviour that I had to change.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 2019-10-12, 03:29 PM
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I've had similar experiences. Visa didn't flag a couple of charges to Netflix in the same month. I rarely use credit cards for online purchases like Netflix so it was easy to spot. I stopped using that card for purchases years ago so it must have been an old hack. I've had other CC companies call me about charges I didn't make. A couple of times I'm pretty sure the company where I used the card was hacked. One card was stolen the first time I used it so the source was obvious. That's why I use online payment services now. It still could get hacked but the risk is lower than giving CC numbers out to small companies that may have less robust security.
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