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Old 06-06-2005, 08:40 AM   #1
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A co-worker last year told me that when we went backpacking, his debit card was stolen and his account cleaned out in 5 minutes. He had over $3000 stolen from him, or so he tells me.

What happened was:
He was taking out some money at an ATM in London and he felt a hand on his ass. Turn around, he say a gypsie guy putting money INTO his wallet. He's like "what the fuck are you doing" and the gypsie said he was "trying to make change". So my friend still has all his money in his wallet, and he quickly walks away from that weirdo.

A few minutes later he realises his debit card is missing. He calls the police and the bank, and before he knows it, his account is cleaned out. Apparently, the gypsies had someone in the bushes with binoculars looking at his PIN while the dude stole it.

Anyway...I thought it was a good story to share: protect your PIN and put withdrawal limits.

I just lowered my withdrawal limit to $300 CDN....if I didn't, the thief would clean out $1500 from my account per day.
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Good advice CB! I'll have to remember to add that to my banking "to do" list before I leave.
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Good idea... crap, another thing to do.
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