Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Check Your Bank Statements!

I was looking through my bank statement online today and noticed an unusual transaction for just under $25 from what seemed to be a taxi company.

Interesting as I haven’t caught a taxi in the last couple of months. So I looked a bit harder and found another transaction from the same company for exactly the same unusual amount two weeks earlier.

I of course called the bank and had them open an investigation on those transactions. They said it would take a few weeks to investigate, but that they would get back to me and ensure no further transactions from that company would be accepted on my account.

It was for just over $50 for the transactions and they said there had been a couple of further attempts that had been refused. I’d lost my wallet in a taxi some months ago, but had cancelled the card the next day; I don’t know how they have managed to put them through, maybe using the old-style paper forms rather than EFTPOS?

I certainly won’t be using a credit or debit card to pay for a taxi any time in the foreseeable future, I can’t believe they would try to rip me off like that! It’s the first time I've ever had something like this happen. Or maybe it’s just the first time I've noticed it?

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  1. Things like that happen everywhere. You could use your CC at a restuarant and the waitress/waiter could copy your number and use your card somewhere else. It's all a risk but thats why companies cover you if something like that happens and they don't expect you to pay it yourself. A year or so ago I bought something off the internet, the item never came, I called my CC company and they reversed the charge and went after the company I bought it from.

  2. I hope your $50 charges are resolved! That's extremely upsetting!

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  4. You're absolutely right of course gonna_make_it, it's just that it was the first time it has ever happened to me me so I guess it was a bit of a shock.

    Thanks SavingDiva, I hope they are too. I seem to be able to do enough damage to my PF goals without getting help from dodgy folk! ;-)

  5. I hope you can get to the bottom of it, I used to be quite slack at checking statements, didn't want to see the damage..
    how your new accomodation working out? are you all settled in and unpacked?

  6. I checked my statement online the other day and found a charge from the bank I wasn't expecting. I would have received an overdraft fee for another transaction that was about to go through but I got the bank to reverse their fee, Thank God!!

    I guess I never thought of cabs taking credit cards. I live in small town USA and the one cab company only takes cash.