Just thought I'd share that my bank account was compromised this week. It's been more than a headache and a hassle to try to get everything straightened out. I've felt every emotion...anger, puzzled, vulnerable and oh yes, tears and vulnerability! These hackers are incredibly brilliant and it's extremely sad that their talents are not used in a positive way.
Another thing...the day I discovered this, I received phone calls back to back...constantly, from every area code imaginable as well as Anonymous, Private, etc. I normally never answer the phone if I don't recognize the number but I did that day. There would be no response on the line and then a click that would disconnect. A few were off-shore....determined by the number of 1's in front of the phone number plus an accent IF anyone responded.
I'm saying all of this just as a reminder to please check your accounts daily! It had been a couple of days for me and I won't do that again. I had to open a new account and you know what that entails....more paperwork, new debit card, checks, etc.
I also changed my home phone # due to the annoying calls. Doing that with AT&T almost caused me to turn into Freddie Krueger! ;-) They did offer a word of advice...to be sure and check my phone bill carefully for the next couple of months. Some of those "illegal" numbers can rack up high costs on your phone bill. IF that should happen, they will delete the charges.
My daughter's boss and his wife just went through this twice. One thing the bank advised them to do was to have a separate debit card for entertainment, dining out or anytime you use it in public. It can be loaded with $200-$300 dollars, transferred from your "real" account. IF the card disappears from your sight while out, then you know the max that could be stolen. I think this is a great idea! The extra card is NOT linked in any way to your "real" account as far as the public knows. Hope I've explained this clearly....
I so hope that no one else has this dreadful experience!