It took two years to happen, but almost as if to welcome me into my third year in Bangkok, I was bitten by my first case of credit card fraud. When I woke up this morning, I had a voicemail on Skype from my credit card company asking me to call them to verify some purchases. When I called in there were several purchases from high name fashion and cosmetic stores – the companies were based in France but I’ll assume the charges were made here in Thailand – totalling about $4,500 on Monday.
Who got the number? Hard to know for certain but I haven’t used the card in several days nor have any charges appeared until after I used it at the Food Hall at Zen department store at Central World Plaza yesterday evening. My guess is that there is some scam going on with the ladies working the check-out lines there.
I’m not certain whether I should lodge a complaint with their management or even inform the police. I do want to go back to Central World and see if the names on the list of charges correspond with shops there. Even to talk to the store managers and make them aware of the fraudulent activity.
Thankfully, Chase was on the job and spotted the unusual charges. Bless those spending algorithms.