Letters to the Editor

Watch your bank, credit cards closely

Recently, I used my bank card to purchase cemetery tour tickets for an outing in New Orleans. Two weeks later, my card was being used at a Home Suites in Redondo Beach, California. Since I have tight controls on my card when I saw the alert at 11:30 p.m., I immediately closed the card.

Since the closing of the card it was attempted to be used eight more times. I see alerts because it was a bank card, not a credit card and it was used two months later at a shoe store and the final blow was it was sold to someone in Houston nearly three months later. I suspect there will be more attempts with this bank card.

But the story continues. I bought tour tickets with my new credit card online for yet another tour in New Orleans. I have alerts set up to send emails anytime it’s used. Guess what? Someone, a week later in the Los Angeles area was eating Taco Bell at my card’s expense.

This is what I learned about the software companies who operate these two venues. One: Both are located a stone’s through from each other in San Francisco. Two: Both deal with small business in New Orleans. And three: Both of my cards were compromised in Los Angeles.

So what can the moral of this story be? Use PayPal, and have tight alerts on all your business.

Liz Serpa

Tradition

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