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dragon452 wrote:And people: don't forget your "ATM" bank cards, which are the cards tied to your particular bank account and can only be used at the bank in person, or at one of your bank's own ATM's. My ATM card was skimmed AT A BANK BRANCH'S ATM (as opposed to a "Debit/Visa or Mastercard card usable anywhere). I reported the theft of over $500.00 immediately, before the transactions were even posted (charges were made in another city at another bank's ATM), and I have to wait at least two weeks to get the money back into my savings account. NOTE: ATM cards are NOT chip protected because they can only be used at the bank's own ATM's and nowhere else, so they figure why bother with the extra cost of a chip for an "internal" card? Beware when you use any kind of magnetic stripe card anywhere. Thank you.
It's kind of funny how living in a near police/surveillance state, that security of people's bank accounts is just kind of an afterthought. Security of our credit information seems the same way judging by all the breaches.
I can't really give details, but actually where I work, we had boneheaded stuff go on and customer's information was stolen. It's way more common than people realize. Of course they aren't going to advertise that fact.
Excellent point. It really is ridiculous. If I stole $3 worth of shit from 7/11, I would go to jail (at least for the evening). I would get handcuffed, put in a police car, searched, put in a cell, arraigned, etc. By that same token, no one could care less if someone steals money out of MY bank account or steals my CC info etc. I think your "near police state" comment is very insightful and is a prime example of bizarre American nonsense we put up with. We let them watch every website we go to and market us anything they deem is relevant based off of our (what I consider to be very private) browsing history, but they can't stop someone from stealing all our private info or our money and so on.
Semi enraging. Ok, fully enraging.
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