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March 6, 2006

Credit Free

I arrived home Friday night from The Rock game to find a message on my answering machine from Master Card which lead to me finding out that my other (remaining) credit card had been cancelled.

I only used this card a handful of times just after my Visa number was stolen the first time back in January. Apparently one of the places I went to was broken into and there were either credit card receipts missing or something but they decided to cancel my card just as a procaution.

Now I have no credit cards, at least I don't have to worry about anyone else ripping me off.

***UPDATE***

My card was a citibank mastercard. It looks like it maybe part of something a little larger. I came across this at Boing Boing this morning

Jake called Citibank's international customer support number, and soon learned that the lockout was part of a much larger fraud crisis -- by no means the only data security issue at Citibank in recent months. Jake continues: The supervisor identified herself as a manager named Carla ID#CRU194. I identified myself as an upset customer whose account was locked for some unknown reason. She asked me a few questions about my location, my issue and then informed me that my card was suspected of fraud. Naturally, I perked my ears up and asked for details of any fraud. She informed me that there had been no direct fraudulent transactions on my account. Rather, she informed me that the ATM networks of Canada, Russia and the United Kingdom have been compromised. I used the term class break as a question and she repeated that there has been a class break of the ATM networks in those countries. The ATM network in Canada has been compromised and as a result, using my ATM card over the Canadian network locked my account automatically. She informed me that this has been an ongoing issue for the last two weeks. When I asked why there was no media attention, she said she wasn't sure. I said it was a pretty big deal and she agreed.
She informed me that I would have to return to the United States to change my pin number before my card would be valid and in a usable state again. When I informed her that I would be traveling outside of the United States for at least a few months, possibly up to six, she repeated that I would have to re-enter the United States to fix the problem.

Interesting...

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Posted by hypnobee at March 6, 2006 8:16 AM