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Looking for some advice, not sure how serious my situation is...
My credit card was stolen last week (well, the account not the physical card). Luckily someone used it half way across the country and set off a red flag, so I got called right away to warn me of possible fraud. I confirmed the charges were not authorized by me and a new card is on the way.
This morning, however, my grandmother-in-law called to inform me that someone had just called her claiming to be me. The scammer told her a rich story about how I went on a trip to Mexico and landed in jail, and I needed her to give me $1,000 to get bailed out. Of course, I was so mortified by getting thrown in jail that she mustn't ever speak a word of the ordeal to anyone.
The thing is, she can't remember if he gave her my name or not. He just called claiming to be her grandson but she did not recognize the voice. She thinks she may have offered my name in guessing who was calling her. She's gotten calls from fraudsters like this before.
If anyone has any advice I would really appreciate it. I am thinking I should at least place a fraud alert on my credit profile. Is there anything else I need to do? I know I'm fortunate that it was caught immediately, but the situation still has me feeling quite paranoid and violated.
EX - 804 (9/16) | TU - 803 (10/16)
American Express EveryDay - $20,000 (10/14)
Discover it - $23,000 (2/14)
AU on Barclay Sallie Mae - $10,000 (8/15)
plus several store accounts of varying usefulness now