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The Guide of a MOSSLover Becky Isserman's Blog

So I saw a weird post on my online banking statement this morning.  I googled the company and it turned out to be a Christian Bookstore.  I go to work and immediately call the debit card company, because it looked like someone had used my debit card to buy some Christian Book or Paraphanalia.  This post was for Friday and it had posted right before I woke up.  Not to mention, I am Jewish and I don't remember the last time I ever bought any Christian Books or Paraphanalia since I was taking religious studies classes in college.  I have absolutely nothing against Christianity or any other religion.  In fact I am all about Interfaith Groups...More power to you if you are a member.  Anyway, when I talked to the debit card company the girl couldn't really do much, except tell me that I could close my account or wait it out.  I decided to wait and see until the end of the day.
It was around 10 pm or so and I just decided hey let's check my bank statement, because the last 300 times nothing had posted.  I notice all these Yahoo Voice and Ipower posts on the pending transactions.  I didn't buy anything, but lunch at Jason's Deli today.  I decide it's time to put a fraud alert on my account, so I go through the motions with the card company and call up one of the three big credit unions to put a 6 month hold on pre-approved credit.  At that point I think maybe my computer is compromised, so we start a packet sniffer.  Me and my boyfriend couldn't really tell if there was anything malicious, so I decide at that point to remove all my music and pictures and reformat the entire computer.  So here I am at 3 am reinstalling everything on my computer plus Peer Guardian, CC Cleaner, etc.  I turned on something that will clear all my private data in Firefox and I am contemplating getting NoScript for Firefox also.  Honestly, I really can't tell if someone took my number (and possibly more data) from my personal computer or if it was some random person that double swiped my card or memorized my card at some store.  There is just so much fraud that occurs that I may be just a lucky person on someone's list today.  I noticed that nothing else was compromised, but that card thus far.  I changed just about every single password I had, including work passwords just because I could.  I am doubting that someone would have the ability to crack the company security, but I changed that password just in case.  All my e-mails and blogs and any type of money buying or using site that I have ever hit is changed.  I am no longer using any type of cookie for at least now.  I feel so vulnerable like someone could knock me down with a feather and I could crash on the ground.  This sucks, because a week from Sunday is my birthday.  I look forward to this period of time every year.  It just doesn't feel like a happy time right now.  Hopefully, my mood will improve tenfold next Friday, because my dad is coming to visit.  Anyway, on a happy note at least it's a weekend, so I can pass out for a long period of time without having to get up at 7 am.

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Posted on Saturday, February 23, 2008 3:20 AM Personal , Life, The Universe, and Everything | Back to top

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Wow, good luck. I hope they catch the scum that did this to you.
Left by Chris Eargle on Feb 24, 2008 11:29 AM

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Hopefully u can change the PIN also, if not getting a whole new card.

How funny, the random CAPTCHA I have to type to post this comment turned up as "GWBW". Made me think of "Geekswithblogs Woman"!
Left by Lorin Thwaits on Feb 24, 2008 8:14 PM

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I closed that card and changed my pin. Last time my wallet was stolen and they never told me if they found that person. I guess legally I will never find out...It's really weird that this happens two years in a row in different ways. I pretty much locked down all my credit too. No one can pretend to be me without my consent;)
Left by MossLover on Feb 24, 2008 11:13 PM

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