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#449168 - 10/19/12 01:07 PM Credit cards being cloned Beware
NJG Offline
Hubby had his Scotia master card cloned sometime in Aug. we did not get the charges on our bill till mid-sept, then got our bill first week of Oct. by that time the people had charged, $ $5,500, on United airlines . They flew from Houston to Munich ,2 adults and one child. The rep at Scotia told my husband he may Not get credit back because he did not report it within 30 days....they just gave him his bill I
The 6 Th. of Oct.Watch your credit cards very carefully,
This is the second time in 2 yrs This has happened with Scotia and both times they say they can not do anything....

#449178 - 10/19/12 04:35 PM Re: Credit cards being cloned Beware [Re: NJG]
Katie Valk Offline
That is felony theft and whoever purchased the tixs needed a passport and easy to trace it back and report and hopefully, get compensation or the user arrested whereever they are
Belize based travel specialist

#449185 - 10/19/12 05:56 PM Re: Credit cards being cloned Beware [Re: NJG]
ragman Offline
katie is correct it should be very easy to see who used your card. I would ask the CC Company for help and also notify the Texas authorities also. $5,500 is a substantial amount and I think they should help you. Smaller amounts they usually credit you and write it off because it cost too much to chase it down.

The lesson here is always check on your credit cards on line frequently especially when used in a foreign country. I have heard of this happening more times than I care to count in different countries with Venezuela the worse. I donít think it is a big problem in Belize but I would still be very cautious.

In addition only use your CC at Banks or resorts. Not in the smaller shops. Good luck and I hope this turns out OK for you.

ps I don't know if this works but I would think even if the people who bought tickets deny they stole the infomation, they received stolen property which is illegal. ??

Edited by ragman (10/19/12 05:58 PM)
Edit Reason: ps
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#449190 - 10/19/12 06:52 PM Re: Credit cards being cloned Beware [Re: NJG]
ScubaLdy Offline
Any time I plan to use my credit card in a different area I have to notify them - otherwise it is blocked. The first time I went to Chetumal I didn't think of it and my purchase was denied. It took a number of phone calls and answering very personal questions. I learned my lesson.
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#449192 - 10/19/12 07:00 PM Re: Credit cards being cloned Beware [Re: NJG]
denjy Offline
Most credit cards and banks have security alerts you can set up to send instant mobile or email notifications any time the card is used. The 3 different cards I routinely use are all set up this way. Interestingly when I use the card in a store in San Pedro and walk accoss the street to home and check my email...the notification is already there...within mere minutes. Well worth it as long as you have computer access or a mobile phone.

#449195 - 10/19/12 07:24 PM Re: Credit cards being cloned Beware [Re: denjy]
BeBelize Offline
Yep, if you have a Capital One card you can set up a travel alert so that your card will not be denied in a foreign country. Additionally I have alerts set up to send me an email any time a transaction over $200 is made. These alerts get sent out immediately so I can make sure nothing I didn't authorize is being charged.

I got pretty paranoid after having fraud occur on three completely different cards, three different banks, within a one-year period in the US. It can happen anywhere. Fortunately, in all cases I was not responsible for any of the charges. The largest was someone who charged $2000 to Lowe's home improvement for appliances. A big investigation ensued. Don't know if they ever caught the guy, but I was not responsible for a penny.

In all the cases, the purchases were made online and I still had the card in my physical presence, so my data was stolen somehow. The cards were cancelled and changed immediately.
Former Belize expat traveling the USA & Mexico

#449196 - 10/19/12 07:53 PM Re: Credit cards being cloned Beware [Re: BeBelize]
ragman Offline
I forgot about it but about a month ago someone tried to use my Capital One card and I was notified by phone. They first put in a small charge of about $4.50 then they tried a large purchase. I asked the fraud department what was it with the small charge and they told me someone wanted to test my card to see what the limits where. I'm not sure how that works, a merchant maybe? At any rate they would not inform me on what the thief tried to do.
I use Capital One because of the low foreign fees the Capital One Card is used in foreign countries almost exclusively and yes I too inform them of my travel and have set up alerts on line. You must be proactive or the thieves will take you to the cleaners.
Somewhere on a beach in Belize

#449198 - 10/19/12 08:05 PM Re: Credit cards being cloned Beware [Re: ragman]
clover Offline
Damn........I was just charging one beer.....I thought we were buddies? grin

#449201 - 10/19/12 08:19 PM Re: Credit cards being cloned Beware [Re: clover]
ragman Offline
Hey, I thought you picked up the tab? Son of a gun. smile
Somewhere on a beach in Belize

#449202 - 10/19/12 08:27 PM Re: Credit cards being cloned Beware [Re: NJG]
clover Offline
You'll get the bill pretty soon grin Thanks for the beers buddy!

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