You’ve got to be kidding me…

Sadly, I am not.

Here’s my latest tale of woe:

Last week, I received my statement from Sam’s Club… For those who do not know, Sam’s is a warehouse store like Costco or BJs that sells food and cleaning supplies in bulk. Not just little bulk, either. They sell bags of beans that weigh in at 25 pounds. They sell these “year of food” in a 5 gal. bucket. There is nothing sold in small measures at Sam’s. They also have clothes, select office supplies, seasonal decorations and even some pots and pans… I opened up my statement, which *should* have been for $0.00 and found that it was almost $700! I nearly died. I’m a pay-with-cash kinda gal so I started thinking “When did I go to Sam’s and not have cash..and rack up a bill of $700??” No such memory ever came to mind, so I set out to research these charges.

And there they were…someone who lives 1,500 miles away from me somehow stole my identity and bought $700 worth of…wait for it….vitamin water!

What in the world?! Is the apocalypse on the horizon and I haven’t heard of it or what? What does someone do with that much vitamin water??

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21 thoughts on “You’ve got to be kidding me…”

  1. That is so crazy, Rose! I am sorry to hear that. 700 dollars worth of vitamin water? CRAZY!
    Earlier this year, my husband lost his job. (the company closed down) Shortly thereafter, someone hacked into his XBOX Live account and wiped out our bank account buying stupid video games. It was devastating. And the bank wouldn’t do anything because we “had no proof that we didnt make the purchases” even though XBOX had already agreed that it was after the account was hijacked. We were completely screwed! It was the worst!
    (We are all good now, it was just a bit tough for a time)

    1. That made my stomach hurt to read. About 8 years ago, my husband was pumping our gas and for whatever reason after he swiped his card at the gas station, he set his card down on top of the machine while putting the pump in. Then forgot his card. Someone took it and cleaned out our checking and savings (because they were connected) and the bank said, “Sorry, debit cards aren’t protected against fraud.” Oh, and this was the day right after he’d been paid so we had $28 in our change jar to live on for 2 weeks.

      1. Rose, debit cards are most certainly protected against fraud if they have the Mastercard or Visa logo on them. Maybe they weren’t 8 years ago, though. 😦 I just wonder if the bank was pulling one over on you.

  2. Years ago I had a charge from one of the tv shopping networks on my credit card. Someone had charged about $1,000.00 in bedding and the like. Being the cheapskate that I am I knew it wasn’t me. The operator and I finally found the charges whoever it was had spelled my name wrong, didn’t have my account number and wanted the items shipped to a state nowhere near where I live. The place accepted the order. After finally getting them to realize it wasn’t me they took it off my credit card (which I quickly cancelled and had a new one issued) The best part of the whole thing tho was the idiots who ordered the items called them to complain because “their” order was late.

  3. Back in 2004 I got a call from a Discover card representative informing me that they had been hacked a month earlier and mine was one of the accounts stolen. He then proceeded to inform me that the thief had tried to buy a boat in Arizona for 6,000 with my credit card. He then told me they caught the guy so I wasn’t to worry about any of the guy’s charges on my account but to destroy the card I had because they were sending me a new one. I told him not to bother. To close the account and that I did not want to do any further business with a company that didn’t inform customers that their account had been stolen. I still to this day refuse to do business with them.


    1. I don’t blame you. I wouldn’t, either. I have a card that if you use it twice in the same store in the same day, they shut it down and call me. I love them. (Well, except the time I was at the Apple store and the tech made me pay for both of my things separate and the CC company declined my second order. I was so embarrassed when the guy announced loud and clear, “Your card was declined.”)

  4. Oh lord – when I was pregnant with my second daughter, a customer at my spouse’s retail job somehow stole my husband’s debit card number (we think he took a picture of it with his cell) and used our tax return money to buy a bike (if we didn’t have the tax return money there’s no way that purchase would have gone through).
    My husband suspected something was up because the customer and his friends (teenagers) were asking him weird questions about where we lived and he gave them a very vague non-answer (two cross-streets).
    During the process of sorting the situation out we actually spoke to the customer service agent who took the order and asked why the **** he took a credit card with only a couple of cross streets as a billing address. His response was “People give me all sorts of weird addresses.” We took that as he doesn’t care (or maybe he was actively working with the kid, who knows).
    After we got it all sorted and our money back, the bicycle company had the all out nerve to send us a catalogue. The thief was underage and as far was we know he wasn’t charged or punished. Ugh.

  5. It wasn’t a fraudulent purchase per se, but a little over a year ago, someone in Turkey managed to hack into our bank account and withdraw $4,000. That was a little nerve wracking. They could trace it to the ATM there but not to who did it. We did get our money back from the back but it was still scary. You just feel violated.

  6. (Lame! That stinks 😡 So did they remove the charges?)

    Last year someone used my husband’s name and credit card info to buy a used car! The dealership charged the card, but hesitated before shipping the vehicle to the address given (out of the country). Thankfully, we were able to prove that it was a fraudulent purchase, and they reversed the charges. Quite a pain though… we had to replace all of our credit/debit cards and sign up for one of those credit monitoring services.

  7. Well, I don’t know if this is the craziest and I’m honestly not sure even now if it was on purpose, but here’s one that happened to be several years ago.

    I was in college and we did not have internet access at the dorms. The library was four or five blocks from the dorms, so after school I would go to the library and use the internet there. This would have been back in 2002 I think (could have been 2003). At some point I had gotten an Amazon account. Well, you know how there are all these warnings about if you use a public computer you need to make sure to sign out of everything? They weren’t really prevalent then. And even if they were, I didn’t have the first clue how to sign out of my Amazon account.

    I bet you can see where this is going. And you would only be partially right.

    I went home for the summer and one day a package arrived from Amazon. I was pretty puzzled because I hadn’t ordered anything. When I opened it, I was even more puzzled.

    Inside were CDs I would never have listened to and video games for a Playstation 2. The only console my family had was a GameCube one of my siblings won in a baseball/softball related contest before we moved here. And even if there were, none of the games were ones that interested me. I think one might have been a Tony Hawk game.

    The most troubling . . . this was box one of two. The Playstation 2 was on backorder.

    All things figured out $600 dollars worth of product I didn’t order and didn’t want and couldn’t afford. I think my account had less than $10 in it, so that meant the overdraft charges were already piling on.

    I forget who I contacted first, my bank or Amazon. Amazon was easy enough. They couldn’t cancel the order for the Playstation 2, because it was already on it’s way, so we returned the box that had already arrived and when the Playstation 2 arrived, we sent that back, too. They also told me how to sign out.

    My bank was a little more . . . shall we say interesting. I remember asking the man I talked to why they would allow a charge to go through when my account was so clearly so much lower than that. He told me that they wanted to give me the benefit of the doubt.

    I didn’t want them to give me the benefit of the doubt. I wanted them to refuse the charge.

    I forget just how long it took to get everything fixed with my bank, at least a month. I know they credited my count with $600 while they were investigating . . . credited, not brought it back to the $10 or less it was supposed to be at. And then when Amazon got the returned packages, they credited my account with the amount of the purchase, so now my account which should have had less than $10 had $1,200 plus. Once you have over $1,000 in that particular checking account, you start earning a little bit of interest, so amusingly I made money from that which I got to keep, not much, but still a little.

    Ultimately, my account was returned to normal (with the interest I had earned from that overage).

    The most amusing thing was during the next school year the librarian in charge of the resource desk (and the internet) held a contest to get rid of two Playstation 2 games he no longer wanted, Final Fantasy X and Final Fantasy X-2, and I decided to win. I did. One day I decided I was going to win it (winning require putting some things in order according to size and no one had done that in at least a week, so I along with another patron decided we weren’t going to leave until one of us had won . . . the black hole was the key). So now I had two Playstation 2 games and no Playstation 2.

    And that is the story of why I do not want overdraft protection. I want protection from overdrafts and why I have my checking account set up so that if the money isn’t there, they won’t accept the charges (unless it’s a check, something I can’t do anything about).

    1. Oh my goodness! At least the packages were being sent to your house. If they hadn’t, who knows what would have happened with your account(s). What a crazy story!

  8. Last spring I was at a concert where my credit card was skimmed, I found out a few days later when someone made a charge on their XBox account and I received a notification from my credit card company.
    I immediately contacted my credit card company to let them know that the charge was not legitimate, and then contacted Microsoft, and they tracked down the account that used my card (which was not related to either of my Windows Live accounts). I also went to my bank and got a new debit card, just in case they had skimmed that as well.
    I”m so glad my credit card company allows me to set up alerts so that I get an email when there are charges to my account, because I don’t check every single day so goodness knows how many charges there might have been.

  9. I’ve never had my credit card skimmed or accounts hacked (touch wood).
    I’ve heard stories of people who have had it done to them though, where the thief has gone on shopping sprees or brought themselves a holiday!
    There’s possibly someone out there with my identity. Passport office lost my birth certificate years back when I was applying for a passport. They sent a crappy replacement certificate. So who knows where my original is, could be in a pile of paperwork somewhere or someone could have created themselves a new identity!

    1. Oh my goodness! That is horrific. I hated having to mail my birth certificate in the mail to get my passport. It just felt like I was playing with fire. I just cannot believe they lost it and tried to cover it up by sending a replacement. That’s frightening.

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