That time my credit card information was stolen

Back around September I was checking my credit card balance and found about 1000€ more charges there than there should have been. Now granted, I have been known to go on yarn binges, where I end up buying mountains of yarn, not entirely knowing what I’m doing. Because let’s face it, wool has well-known chemical agents that induce reckless behavior in knitters. But even I don’t manage to buy 1000€ worth of yarn and not know about.

So of course I started digging to find out where all my money had gone. Turned out, somebody had made a bunch of purchases in or around Orlando, Florida. So I called the bank an so on. Unwilling or possibly unable to let the thing go, I start hunting down the money trail. One of the charges, at an AT&T store was easy to guess. They were charging their phone limit. Now I’ve heard some horror stories of people who have had their credit cards stolen and something like this is usually said to be the trial run to see if the card works to begin with.

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Fine, I think. Let’s see what else they did. The second purchase was about 200€ to a pizza place in Orlando. I looked the place up online and it was a fairly cheap place so you could probably feed quite a few people with that amount of money. But it still wasn’t that extravagant, nothing along the lines that I’d heard of before. No Apple products, no Gucci shoes. The biggest charge was from a place called Visit Orlando.

I figured that was bound to be the big purchase and that someone’s checked in to a hotel and I’ll get the big items after they’ve trashed the place or used it to run a prostitution ring or something. I contacted Visit Orlando to find out what the charge was. Purely out of curiosity, you see. It turns out, they’d bought 6 2-day tickets to tour Universal Studios.

Sometimes, it appears, the people behind credit card theft isn’t a heartless criminal organization. It’s just someone looking to show their friends a good time.

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