I just received a call from Chase, who informed me that some unusual activity had occurred on my card. Turns out someone charged over $1500.00 using my account at three locations in Georgia.
I was connected to the fraud department, who verified that I did not make the charges, closed my account, and answered my tsunami of questions. They are launching an investigation, which will include trying to get security camera images of the person/persons responsible. I won’t know anything for 10-15 days.
I am completely distraught. I have no idea what to do. This is the only credit card account that I have, but I’m worried about the money in my checking account. I’m worried sick about identity theft, but know it’s too early to check my credit report. I feel a strong desire to go through and change all of my online passwords, even though I know that’s probably a silly idea. The thought of ever using a credit or debit card again terrifies me.
I feel incredible anger at the assholes who did this. I can imagine them gathering up clothing and other merchandise, then grinning like Cheshire cats while sliding my card through the reader. I want them to pay in ways that don’t involve money.
Anyone have any experience with this type of thing? I’d appreciate your words of wisdom.