Last night we got notice from our bank that our debit card number was stolen. Again. In case you're keeping track, this is the third time since September this has happened. In September, they stole our ATM card and PIN number and withdrew $6600 from our checking account (that our bank thankfully refunded). The next month our credit card company (different bank) told us they were notified by a merchant that the credit card numbers in their system were stolen (including ours). And last night we were notified that our debit card number was stolen yet again. Though thankfully, this time we learned our lesson and have only been using our debit card as a credit card and stopped using our PIN for purchases. This way we only have to deal with fraudulent charges and not someone withdrawing money directly out of our account.
How are they doing this? They are stealing the numbers directly out of the vendors' computer through hacking or through dishonest employees. Every time you swipe your card at a store, the number is stored in the vendor's system.
Of course last month, my minivan was broken into in our driveway while we slept. Really, I've had enough of this bad luck. I mean how many rabbits' feet do I need to ensure good luck? I have 5 rabbits... that's 20 rabbits' feet.
Or maybe my rabbits' feet aren't big enough. Maybe I need one of these...
You think I could talk Marshall into getting one?