It has been an interesting week for me, to say the least. Last Friday, I went to Asian Bistro in Shelton, CT with some of the female members of my MAYA (Mount Aery Young Adults) group from church to fellowship. It was a wonderful night getting to know each other better over hibachi. The evening and subsequent weekend proceeded happily, but that changed once I viewed my bank account on Monday.
As you know, if you have a large party the tip is automatically included in your bill. However, someone had taken it upon themselves to add an additional tip on top of that to my debit card. I called the manager and he assured me that it would be taken care off and he asked for my debit card number to credit my account.
I thought everything was resolved until I noticed today that someone had charged my debit card again from somewhere in NJ. I don’t know if it was linked to my experience at the Asian Bistro, but I was highly upset. I had to cancel my card and file a report with my bank’s claims department.
I know that this happens all the time to people, but I didn’t truly feel their pain until it happened to me. It feels like someone is attacking you at a vulnerable place. However, it could have been worse. I could only imagine how many additional charges would have been on my card if I hadn’t checked my account everyday.
So readers, if you are not checking your account on a regular basis, I highly recommend you do so. The quicker you can spot fraud, the faster you can get your money back and secure your account.