Bank Person: Were you in Australia and Poland on the same day?
Rewind 15 minutes. I opened up my email to find over 50 emails from my bank. Subject? SECURITY ALERT! Luckily, I didn’t have the heart attack I was worried about. And I suppressed the urge to take my heart medicine at the wrong time of the day. “If you dispute these withdrawals, please call 1-800-bla-blah.”
Identity theft. I thought how could this possible happen? I called and the Bank Person asked me that question. My answer? A nervous giggle followed by OF COURSE I WASN’T IN AUSTRALIA AND POLAND ON THE SAME DAY! Nor, in response to the next question, was I in either of those countries the previous week.
How does this happen? It wasn’t on the Internet. It was probably in the grocery store. Whaaaaaa????? I guess there are nefarious people lurking near the cashier with card readers in their bags/pockets/purses/pantyhose. Okay maybe not pantyhose. At some point I swiped my debit card and Cha-Ching! Thieves off to the races.
The first couple of withdrawals were $.99, $2.99 etc, Then $599.00, $1,299.00 etc. Unbelievable.
My lesson learned? I now pay in cash and furtively look around. And I don’t book flights to Australia and Poland on the same day.