The Pleasure of Having My Credit Card Stolen
A stolen credit card is supposed to be a catastrophic event, but was more like a minor nuisance when it happened to me recently. It would have been better had it not occurred, but the experience was much less painful than I would have imagined.
It all started with an automated call from someone supposedly from my credit card company’s fraud department. Irregular charges had flagged their attention. Since they called me, rather than the other way around, I was reluctant to give out any personal information. Instead I hung up and logged onto my account online. There were about a half dozen pending transactions, none of which I had made. I logged off and called the customer service number on the back of my card.
Once I went through all the steps to verify my identity (they required more than the usual verification questions since my account had been flagged), the fraud department started listing the charges they thought might have been irregular. They caught each and every purchase made by someone else, and none of the ones made by me. I wasn’t worried about being liable for the charges (as I’ve covered previously, as long as you report fraudulent charges as soon as you know of them, you’re liable for at most $50), but it was still nice that those transactions were immediately removed from my account.
My credit card was then cancelled and a new one will be mailed out within a few days. They were even willing to expedite the shipping, if necessary. I will also be receiving an affidavit that I’ll sign to officially swear that I didn’t make the fraudulent purchases. With the affidavit in hand, my credit card company can investigate the fraudulent use and hopefully find whoever is responsible.
The only other action required on my part was to change how a few of my bills are paid. I have some bills automatically charged to my credit card, so I needed to update those accounts to be paid through an alternative method. I’ll also monitor my credit and other accounts very closely in the coming months to ensure that my credit card number was the extent of the theft.
The entire ordeal took less than 30 minutes to resolve and required very little effort on my part. I’ve heard many complaints about the customer service at Bank of America but wanted to offer that in this case, they couldn’t have been more helpful. I do most of my banking with them (credit card, checking and savings, and mortgage) and have always found them to be excellent for my needs. Your needs will dictate the best bank for your own situation, but the way Bank of America handled my stolen credit card (and all of my other banking needs) reaffirms that they’re the perfect choice for me. Again, having your credit card stolen is not a pleasant experience, but for me it was nothing more than a minor inconvenience.
Have you had an easy (or difficult) stolen credit card experience?
Monday, February 2nd, 2009 at 10:09 am