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Old Tuesday, December 21st, 2010, 10:28 AM
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Hi all,

Just a word of advice. My wife and I used our debit card here in Aruba at the new Chinese supermarket. A day later we were contacted by our bank to advise us that the card had been compromised and thousands of dollars withdrawn. The card was issued about 6 weeks ago and contains the new chip and advanced security features. As a result of the security breach, our bank froze the account, so access to funds for us has been difficult. In conversation with the Fraud detection and prevention people at the bank they advised us that this is happening a lot.

So, I share this with you all just to let you know and so you can be carefull


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Old Tuesday, December 21st, 2010, 10:57 AM
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So sorry this happened to you. Was that the only place you used the debit card?

I have always, and will continue to take cash with me. I only use a credit card at Ling's and at my timeshare. While many disagree with taking cash, I feel much more comfortable doling it out to myself as needed, and not facing a huge credit card bill when I get home.

Again "A," sorry for all the aggravation you're going through.
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Old Tuesday, December 21st, 2010, 11:29 AM
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Yes...the only merchant. Card was used at RBTT and Caribbean Mercantile banks. That store was the only non-bank where it was used.

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Old Tuesday, December 21st, 2010, 12:47 PM
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>>> " I only use a credit card at Ling's and at my timeshare."
----- Ditto! Would never use a debit card out of the country except at a BANK ATM. At Lings my credit card is processed right at the cash registers and never leaves my sight. Usually carry American Express Travel Checks for restaurants and front desk and casinos will cash them.

>>> "so you can be carefull"
---- I am always carefull. After any travel I always go on line to check all my/our accounts/cards.
Once found a charge on one of my wife's credit card after she was traveling out WEST to a Quilters Show/School.
It was for $1,200.00 and from a town like 20 miles from where she was. Called the credit card company and they can tell when a card was not used and charge was done manually. Charge was reversed over the phone and didn't have to fill out any paperwork.
So any card can be compromised. Around here(Maryland) there has been many reports of someone putting little readers on the ATM machines to read your card. So watch where you stitck your card these days.

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Old Tuesday, December 21st, 2010, 01:15 PM
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tom and elaine, when you live on the island as much as aquaman does since he owns a house there, he doesn't want to rack up big credit card debt or bring large quantities of cash.

as to never leaving your sight, tom, my credit card was compromised at a restaurant in frederick maryland while i stood at the counter watching it being processed. it was one of two times that my card was compromised. i had no control over either circumstance. btw, the palm held scanners are small enough to be easily concealed. i am living proof of that. a debit card doesn't leave your hands most of the time either. you are there holding the card, swiping it yourself and no one but you puts the pin number in.

i hate seeing the victim taking blame for something that is totally our of our control. let's blame the criminal as it should be. remember, every time you hand your card, debit or credit, to the merchant for him to see your signature, you put yourself in jeopardy. in my case, one of the incidents was credit card guess work. the card hadn't even been out of my house but there was a computer glitch that allowed thieves access to numbers. 150 people were arrested and although it's been several years they are still being processed by the feds. the first one will be getting out of jail in about 18 months.

oh and cash isn't any safer. travelers checks are insured but you still can have a problem. making it worse, hotel safes are not as safe as we think. ours was ripped out of the wall because they couldn't open it. it was found a distance away, opened and all of our 'safe' items were gone.

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>>> " I only use a credit card at Ling's and at my timeshare."
----- Ditto! Would never use a debit card out of the country except at a BANK ATM. At Lings my credit card is processed right at the cash registers and never leaves my sight. Usually carry American Express Travel Checks for restaurants and front desk and casinos will cash them.
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>>>> "a debit card doesn't leave your hands most of the time either. you are there holding the card, swiping it yourself and no one but you puts the pin number in."
---- But now their are little devices that can be attached to a BANK ATM machine where you put your card in and if you are not watching where you stick your card they can get your # and pin.
In fact in the States I never use my Debit card except at my bank. There I can see if anything different has been attached to my banks ATM. Overseas have used my debit a couple of times to get foreign money at a bank ATM to use in that country. So far so good. I look the machine over before putting card in.

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sherry... I do know how much time Aquaman spends on the island, and why a debit card would be beneficial.

I also know that cash may not be the safest bet, but it's worked for me for 17 years, as have the safes and security at my timeshare. (thank G-d) If I have to use a credit card, I always have one with me..

Last year, at home, my credit card was compromised.. I know the aggravation it causes. I must say that the bank very quickly noticed the bogus charges, and closed my account immediately. I now check my account on a daily basis.

I hope my post was in no way interpreted as to blaming Aquaman... or any victim of this type of crime. That sure wasn't my intention.
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