I got hacked
I received a call from the fraud department of my bank, Fifth Third, earlier this week. They were calling to verify some "suspicious charges" on my checking account using my card number. These charges were all in New York at various gas stations, etc. "Was that you?" she asked.
"We didn't think so," she said.
First, mad props to Fifth Third, who had already flagged my account and closed my card before they even got a hold of me, to stop any more charges from going through. They were on top of things and stopped it before it got worse. Granted, my account will probably be overdrawn with all of these charges, since it happened less than a week before payday, but she said those charges--and the resulting fees--would be applied back to my account, although it may take a couple of weeks and some paperwork. A new card is also on its way to me. However, the question remains:
HOW THE HELL DID IT HAPPEN?
I may have the answer.
A major supermarket chain, SweetBay, had millions of customers' credit card numbers stolen in the last couple of months. I remember, vaguely, reading about it at the time, but it didn't really click. I do, however, shop at SB--hell, there's one right next door to my school. So when a coworker asked if I thought it was a result of THAT, it was kind of awakening. I'm going to call the hotline tomorrow; apparently they can tell me if my card was one of the ones affected.
(However, I buy a LOT of stuff online, so anything is possible.)
Anyway: it CAN happen to you. Be careful.
And bank at Fifth Third.