It seems like October is National Steal-From-Mrs.-Micah Month. *sigh* Stop by CVS after work to pick up a few necessities. Remember distinctly putting ING Direct card on top of Wachovia card in wallet. Head home. Decide to fill up (Micah’s picking someone up from the airport tonight) and pulled into the gas station. Gas is $2.65. Win.
Don’t panic, don’t panic, don’t panic. Drive back to CVS. Talk to checkout employee. Talk to store manager. She offers to watch security tape. No joy.
Double check car. Nothing. Call Micah & get numbers for Wachovia & ING so I can call them ASAP. Sit in car and put stops on cards. Discover Wachovia card has been used. Ask for new card and place fraud report. Wachovia promises refund. Ask ING for new card. No activity. Remember ING card was on top. Wonder if it looks too fake and orange for the thief to trust it. Laugh at thief who hasn’t heard of ING’s rates.
What did they buy? Ironically….gas. Shake fist at OPEC.
Fret about need to replace license.
Drive home. Feel surprisingly peaceful, though still grumpy. Get hug. Write blog post.
Draw useful advice from situation: Always call right away to put a stop on your account. You can have it taken off if you find the card, just tell them that you’ve lost it and don’t want to close the card yet. I had my wallet stolen(?) once in college and once lost my debit card (at home). In both cases, I got the cards back unused and unharmed and just had the stop taken off.
After putting a stop on your account, ask them about the most recent account activity. Fortunately, I had the CVS receipt so I knew when the wallet was stolen.