Thursday, December 18, 2008

Hi Frank!

  • At least 50 members of the Chicago Patrolmen's Credit Union have been targets of thieves who have used their debit card numbers, authorities said Tuesday.

    Investigators suspect the thieves are stealing the card numbers when the cards are used to make online payments. Police don't think credit union employees are involved in the thefts. About 12 financial institutions, including the credit union, have been hit.

Glad we could do the heavy lifting for you Frank. How about you fire a check for $1,000 over to the Hundred Club of Cook County in our names since we write almost an article a week for you this past year?

Maybe we can write movie reviews next year and maybe take a load off of Ebert's plate.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This actually happened to me this past week. I noticed two unauthorized charges to, go figure K-Mart and Wal-Mart. Two stores I have not been to in years. Lucky for me I only got hit for about $400.00 and not my entire checking account. Anyways, getting my money back from the credit union was pretty easy. I just had to cancel my debit card / get a new one, my self and rd# and go to the credit union to fill out two forms. You get your account refunded that day. The credit union is taking a decent hit for all of this though. In conversation when I was filling out the forms there to get my money back one of the supervisors there told me they have to pay around $40,000 before their insurance kicks in to cover this kind of fraud. There has to be some other scam going on though because I personally have never used my debit card online since I have been banking with the credit union the past three years. I wonder if someone is out there scanning cards as we hand them off. Example waiter / waitresses when they take them off to be swiped etc or if it is an inside job from VISA since they technically own / issue the cards.

12/18/2008 02:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Citibank Visa and Discovercard have a good service one-line when they will issue users a virtual credit card number. They can be limited in the exact amount on the card and expiration date. It's great for shoppping or paying bills on-line.

Citicard, and American Express through Costco also has photo ID credit cards available. Your picture is right on the credit card. All of these cards have some good rebate programs for cash back, vehicle purchases, gift cards and so on. Good deals, if you pay them off every month.

12/18/2008 06:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These hundred clubs are all just scams. Look at the police wall, they keep scamming cops for more money so Ex-super. Phil can get a six figure salary.

12/18/2008 08:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had a problem also the credit union acted on it right away, it is happeneing everywhere as the economy gets worse it will increase! Just keep checking your accounts for charges!

12/18/2008 09:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


12/18/2008 11:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey frank how about a poll on daleys olympics? no one wants it but the criminal daley will get it, how many envelopes will daley and walsh collect? How about the 50 sheep how much will they take? Come on frank go after the criminal daley! and get stroger madigan and the 50?

12/18/2008 11:37:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I asked about this at CU and it appears that it is a skimming trick. Guy at CU said a customer had his CU and bank of America cards used approx same time once on south side then shortly later in Gurney.
From what I understand, A skimmer is attached to a cash ATM machine and captures your card #, a small camera somewhere close by picks up your pin. Unfortunatly most debit cards can be used as Credit cards so no pin is required.
The guy also told me that Wal Mart and K-mart let people type in a debit card # on a pad if they don't have their card available. (Sounds too easy to scam) So anyone who just gets your card # can rip you off.
My nephew used his card at an ATM and w/in 2 days a gas station in Florida was using his card and hit him for $600.00 and he had Bank of America, that ATM was at some gas station on Halsted street.
BE CAREFUL! Only use the debit card at Safe Locations. Check the machines real good before you swipe and place your hand over the key pad when you type in the PIN.
Merry X-mas!

12/18/2008 12:47:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They can copy your info on the stripe on the back of the card and put it on a blank gift card of any kind. They usually have a camera in the location where you use your card that will pick up what pin number you punch on the pad. Fake cards are then cloned with your info and they get the pin from the video.

12/18/2008 12:48:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The assholes could steal anything.

Google Credit Card skimmer(above) and it shows you how these thieves get away with it.
Screw using a Debit Card, At least you have some protections with a Credit Card.

12/18/2008 12:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

would like to assure you this is not only our credit union that is experiencing this issue so I have attached an alert sent to us by Illinois Credit Union League an association that provides services to all credit unions throughout Illinois explaining the increase in this type of fraud. Also we do not make or have access to the materials to make cards internally therefore it is virtually impossible for a credit union employee to make a copy of our Debit Card. We too have contacted the police and are working diligently to resolve this issue, to date not a single member has lost funds due to fraudulent activity. I completely understand your concerns however the facts are most accounts that have been hit by fraudulent activity is getting reimbursed the full amount of the fraud same day and at most 48 hours and as you stated we are insured by the NCUA and are very solvent. We value our members and always take every measure to insure their confidentiality and I speak not only as part of the credit union team but as a credit union member. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to

12/18/2008 02:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I didn't get to comment on the other Credit union post but this happened to us too. We saw the charges being posted to our account on the Saturday after Thanksgiving the credit union was closed that day. We immediately contacted the Loss Prevention dept of one of the stores this was happening at after we cancelled our cards. (Super Walmart in Rockford) Loss prevention pulled video and pics of the people. We were told by the credit union it was not internal.

Anyway, tons of our charges happened at a Super Walmart in Rockford. Rockford police were all over it, they know who the individuals are if any of you have charges from a super Walmart in Rockford please post here I will be happy to post the Detectives name and phone number for you to contact. These people are responsible for a 6 figure credit card scam so far.

Who knows maybe there is some sort of internal connection that the credit union hasn't figured out yet.

I have to say, I complain about the credit union alot, I don't really think they give us any extra benefits whatsoever (like 5+ days for my payroll check to clear that I have gotten every week for the last 8 years-stupid) but when this happened to us our entire checking account was drained, from $7200 down to $1.12! They immediately reimbursed us and made sure nothing bounced. I had just gotten my Holiday Bonus, and we just wrote out checks for every bill we have. We were in panic mode, I thought they handled it well.

- A wife of a police officer.

12/18/2008 05:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many victim's have eaten in the last 6 months at a restaurant near UIC?

12/18/2008 06:51:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
These hundred clubs are all just scams. Look at the police wall, they keep scamming cops for more money so Ex-super. Phil can get a six figure salary.

12/18/2008 08:16:00 AM

You, sir, are so full of shit. Why the hate?

12/18/2008 07:10:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Financial dic says:

Don't use debit cards !!

12/18/2008 09:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Somebody from the credit union has to be passing information.....too coincidental that so many officers are getting scammed.

12/18/2008 09:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

amazing how all the media comes here for "fair and balanced info!"

12/20/2008 12:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate fucking plagiarists.

Speaking of Vice-President elects...

12/20/2008 03:25:00 PM  

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