credit card number lifted

Old Dec 11th, 2006, 10:10 AM
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credit card number lifted

Just wondering whether anyone else has had experience with their credit card number being lifted? I just got a fradulent charge on my credit card for a ticket purchased from madrid to san jose, costa rica. I only gave my credit card via faxes to hotels or online e-commerce reservations (i.e. nature air).

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Old Dec 11th, 2006, 10:14 AM
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Sounds like someone at nature air got a free vacation.
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Old Dec 11th, 2006, 10:19 AM
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could have been at the hotels too. I am not going to point fingers, but it had to be one of the three I am thinking.
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Old Dec 12th, 2006, 09:02 AM
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Last year mine was skimmed when I paid for a transfer service from Burbank (California) airport. I was advised to report it to my hometown police and then give the credit card company (American Express) the police report number. It took a couple of phone calls 'til they reversed the charges.

I've started checking my account online more often.

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Ours was lifted a few years back in Playa del Carmen in a store where we bought some trinkets. (One of only two places we used the cc.)

They used the number and exp date to fabricate a card and charge groceries. ($200.00+)

We now use traveler's checks only when in Mexico. Many people use their ATM's, but there's also a way to put an insert in the ATM which captures the card, so that is a problem too.

I read that Mexico is second only to Brazil in credit card fraud, and that it is a major problem in many of the Latin American countries.
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Old Dec 12th, 2006, 03:50 PM
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Diana,

I have also read the same report, we do take a credit card but I normally only use it for car rental, have hotels prepaid for the most part, and use a combo of cash and TCs to pay the rest. No hassle to get the TCs cashed at the bank in Tulum.
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Yes we had it done to our card in BELIZE. Luckily the thief only charged porno sites @ less than $10.00 each time. We were only there a week, but the thief had already charged for 2 sites before we got home. We did not find out if it was done at Caulker or San Pedro.
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Old Dec 12th, 2006, 09:41 PM
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Yes, we also had problems in Belize. Someone charged around $1900. for hardware supplies. i think this was done in Placencia. Credit card company called us right away.
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It happened to us too last December when we booked an apartment in Rome. In February a $1500 charge appeared on our Visa for a hotel that I never booked nor even heard of. I disputed the charge but it took 6 months for it to be resolved.
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