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    Possible local card fraud .88 cent charge from Bismark ND.

    Wife spotted this oddball charge. 88 cents, showing to NAVFED as an electronics purchase to a Greekmarketplace in Bismark, ND. Called NAVFED, they agreed it looked a lot like a fraud precursor charge and shut down the card. Looking back over the week, only three places where the card was used out of our sight. Fitzies, Sunset Cove, and Los Guyobos, the new place. No way to tell where it might have been skimmed, although I lean towards the last since that was just last night and the .88 cent charge was posted today, while Sunset Cove was last Thursday and Fitzies was Saturday. So, if you have used your card in any of these three, keep an eye on your account for these tiny oddball charges.

    And no, we dont always eat out this much, but my brother was in town :)
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    Definitely suspicious. But it might be none of those places... could be a card skimmer at one of the gas pumps you've used, or malware on the payment systems at a store you visited... or none of the above. A few years back I had my card used fraudulently, and they explained to me that those small precursor payments are often random guesses until they hit one that works, made on website purchasing systems with poor security that allow lots of attempts. So it might just be random.

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    definitely an easy try at being a valid number, glad they shut card down... I just got fraudulent charges against my card and dad on way to Mass got some in Pa. Love my Marriott rewards that knows my habits and denies charges even before i know they occurred ( three times i've needed to get a new number) , will get a text and ask did you use card here......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldenhawk View Post
    Definitely suspicious. But it might be none of those places... could be a card skimmer at one of the gas pumps you've used, or malware on the payment systems at a store you visited... or none of the above. A few years back I had my card used fraudulently, and they explained to me that those small precursor payments are often random guesses until they hit one that works, made on website purchasing systems with poor security that allow lots of attempts. So it might just be random.
    Could be, but 99% of my online purchases stay with the same three or four vendors, Amazon, Rockauto, Home Depot, and I look for skimmers like a hawk, the odds are greater that it's the human element. Could be malware at Cooks or say some other local place, but I think the human element is the more likely candidate. And there is no such thing as Greek Marketplace in Bismark :) I'll allow it's possible, but IMO, far less probable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glhs837 View Post
    Could be, but 99% of my online purchases stay with the same three or four vendors, Amazon, Rockauto, Home Depot, and I look for skimmers like a hawk, the odds are greater that it's the human element. Could be malware at Cooks or say some other local place, but I think the human element is the more likely candidate. And there is no such thing as Greek Marketplace in Bismark :) I'll allow it's possible, but IMO, far less probable.
    They do have a couple prison complexes and a really good brewpub.
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    Don't think that places like Amazon are free of that. I never used one particular card. Used it once for an Amazon purchase, first time I had used that service. A week later I had a fraudulent $500 charge to a Best Buy. There was no other place the fraud could have come from.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GWguy View Post
    Don't think that places like Amazon are free of that. I never used one particular card. Used it once for an Amazon purchase, first time I had used that service. A week later I had a fraudulent $500 charge to a Best Buy. There was no other place the fraud could have come from.
    I'm not saying it's impossible, just that it's not the way to bet.
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    Someone I work with just had her checking account compromised. They cleaned her out by using "her" checks and continued to try to cash checks for about $30k. One in New Mexico and others NC maybe. They didn't even sign her name, they printed it on the signature line. She also said someone else she knows had the same thing happen to them a couple of days prior.

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    Quote Originally Posted by getbent View Post
    Someone I work with just had her checking account compromised. They cleaned her out by using "her" checks and continued to try to cash checks for about $30k. One in New Mexico and others NC maybe. They didn't even sign her name, they printed it on the signature line. She also said someone else she knows had the same thing happen to them a couple of days prior.
    So how did they access her account information, I wonder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glhs837 View Post
    So how did they access her account information, I wonder.
    The bank cashing the check or the people stealing her money?

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