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Today about the time I was viewing Linda Koller's blog about her Identity theft, my card was being used by Mahlstead Photographer.  I got a call asking if I had used my card at noon time today.  I said no, and then they said it had been used by the above name.  They put 99 cents on it and the man from the card Co. said they do this to see if the card is active and then they go shopping.  They automaticly canceled my card ( thank goodness) and told me to call the bank and order a new one.  

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Comment by Marla Southers on February 15, 2013 at 7:47pm

Wow. I just read this Irene after I just placed an order here on CT. I did not think CT kept our card information? I am sorry that happened to you. I am going to check my bank account right now! 

Comment by Gico/NS/CAN on February 15, 2013 at 2:58pm

FYI - Just received a form letter today, dated February 12th, informing me of a recent incident during which my personal information may have been accessed without my authorization.  On January 25th, Crafts Americana Group, Inc. (which includes Connecting Threads) discovered that a file on their internet servers containing my name, address, phone number and credit card information had been potentially accessible to outsiders without authorization for several weeks.  etc......

I find it totally unacceptable that it took them over 2 weeks to advise me, considering that they have access to my email address.  I will contact them asap about the situation.

My credit card was compromised in late December while I was vacationing in Florida.  The bank caught it right away, cancelled my card and reissued me a new one.  

By the looks of it, there might be an epidemic of compromised credit cards amongst CT customers.

I will certainly suggest that they start accepting PayPal, which is a very secure way of doing business on the internet.

Comment by Irene Gallway on February 15, 2013 at 9:07am

Thanks for the website Sherry. Very informative

Comment by Sue S. / OR on February 15, 2013 at 8:06am
I was also notified last Saturday by an AmEx representative that someone had tried to use my card number online. First they charged $1 and then $374. fortunately, AmEx caught it, closed my account and sent me a new card. It doesn't leave me with an easy feeling knowing this happens so frequently.
Comment by Pam/NY on February 15, 2013 at 7:47am

Thanks Sherry...very informative.

Comment by Sherry N/ Alberta on February 15, 2013 at 7:31am

The 'quilting Canadians' group here had quite a discussion about this since many of us had our CC's breached.  Here's a link that one member shared with us:

 http://www.scambusters.org/mastercard.html

The article tells you that it's not only MC, there were more Visa's breached.  No wonder so many of us are affected!

Comment by AidaCJ/NH on February 15, 2013 at 4:59am

Good thing you were alerted right away.  Yes, identity theft seems to be rampant nowadays.

We have our account with a Credit Union, and we have been very fortunate that they have tight safeguards for credit fraud in place.  It can be a nuisance though when the bank notifies us that our card has been de-activated due to a fraud alert from a shop and that our account may have been compromised.  We had to wait 10 days for a replacement, so I had to run to the bank to cash a check before shopping, etc.  I try not to write checks because that is a sure way of having the account compromised, usually from dishonest clerks. 

Comment by Irene Gallway on February 15, 2013 at 4:58am

The last time I used my card was at Walmart.  But regardless of where we shop our credit card # is in the cyber system and these crooks know how to get into this system.  It's very scary. Apparently the cc companies have an automatic alert system as I was notified about a half hour after the purchase was made.  It's very inconvient as well as scary.  I won't get my new card for two weeks and I will have to go into all my shopping sites and change my card #.  And there is no guarantee it won't happen again. 

Comment by Linda "Sue" Robertson, TN on February 15, 2013 at 4:03am

It happened to me several years ago through my Pay Pal account.  Airline tickets were bought, and a few other things.  They quickly got it worked out, thank the Lord.  The people who did it were overseas. 

Comment by Sharon Reeves on February 14, 2013 at 6:29pm

Whoa, this hasn't happened to us, but we do check it every day online. We had mail stolen 6 yrs ago that had 3 checks to pay bills on a Fri. Sunday, a woman came to the door and wanted to know if that was our mail, minus the checks. We said yes and called the bank. They froze the account and Monday, we went to the bank and opened a new acct. Now, we don't put any bills in the mailbox. We were lucky that the thieves didn't have time to white wash them and forge any new ones. I'm certainly glad for all of you who didn't suffer any large expenses.

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