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Labor Day Trip - Just A Warning

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by GetEmLuke, Sep 9, 2013.

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  1. GetEmLuke

    GetEmLuke Tourist

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    My Trip Report

    Got back last Tuesday from a great labor Day Weekend trip to Vegas. Apparently my debit card had so much fun it decided to stay and shop without me.

    Got a call from my bank last night that my debit card number was being used at the Vegas Walmart while I was home. Luckily they stopped the transaction nd they didnt get any money out of me. I have to get a new card now which is inconvenient.

    I only used my debit card at a few places on my trip and almost exclusively at restaurants. I have a feeling it was one of my 3 trips to Hash House A Go-Go. (Yes I made 3 trips there! It was awesome!) Either that or one of the shady gift shops at the Stratosphere . Im not sure which at this point.

    Either way, be careful with your card and keep an eye on who you give it to.
     
  2. jr7110

    jr7110 VIP Whale

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    Which Hash House was this done at? A lot of this type of fraud is done with a swiper - they swipe your card under the register and it tramsmits all the information from it. Perhaps you should call the manager and let him know what happened, and that you believe it might have occured on the premises. Even though you can't prove where it happened, you only used it at a couple of places, and he should be aware that you suspect it was at his establishment.

    This is why I never use my debit card for transactions - if I ever did want to use a debit card I would open a "Vegas only" account where I had a very specific amount of money in there to use and if someone got to it they would not get my primary bank account funds. I say this because the same thing once happened to me - my account was compromised after a visit to a Connectuicut casino and a large sum was taken out of my bank account. It took forever for the bank to straighten it out and return my funds (afterward I closed my account and went to a different bank).

    At least with a credit card you are only responsible for a small portion of the amount and your personal money is unscathed. I am glad your bank was on the ball - even though replacing your card is a hassle, it is nothing compared to the hassle of fighting the bank to get back money that was stolen from your account.
     
  3. Kimber

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    Thanks for the heads up. I plan on sticking to credit. My debit card was compromised when I went on a cruise - used it at Walmart right before to get supplies. So irritating to have my account frozen while they sorted it out. I wasn't out the money, but not having access to my account sucked. So credit or cash from now on!
     
  4. Gino

    Gino "The King of Inappropriate."

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    Call me old fashioned, but credit cards are for emergencies only for me. I saw almost all of my family members get into serious credit card debt, friends in college, and countless others screw up their lives with plastic. Don't get me wrong, I use a cc every once in a while, but mostly I pay cash for things.

    I have a bank issued debit card, and a Visa. No Amex, gas cards, dept store cards, nada. I pay in advance for everything that requires a cc when it comes to LV trips. My rooms, the limo, show tix, all done on the debit. I take cash, and an emergency (read here in case I'm knee deep in designer drugs and Tequila and blow my bankroll on Day 1 - which happened once) stash of, yes, the hated time consuming Travellers Checks. The cc and the debit never see a swipe in LV, and stay in the safe. For the last few years I've given the front desk people at the GN a $50 or $100 deposit in lieu of swipe.

    As primitive as this may sound, the only money stolen from me in LV was done with me as a major accomplice.
     
  5. chuckM

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    I never use a debit while traveling, except for the late-trip ATM hit. For all other transactions, it's cash or credit.
     
  6. GetEmLuke

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    I shouldve just used cash while I was there. I actually went to both Hash House locations, 1st the Quad location then over the next 2 days the Plaza location.
     
  7. theshaah

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    Its funny you should bring this up. About 2 years ago I had the same issue happen to me. I'm not sure where or how my card info was compromised but I tried to buy something and I KNEW I had funds to cover it. The bank had frozen my account to prevent someone at Wal-Mart in Las Vegas from buying about 540 dollars worth of stuff (I didn't even have that much in that account at the time) using my debit card info.

    Thankfully I guess since walmart swipes debit cards and asks for a PIN number and they didn't have the pin they couldn't get the goods. I wonder what happens to someone when that happens? Certainly this is fraud and punishable under the law right?
     
  8. jgates8

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    Actually if the money is available, at WM all you have to do is hit cancel 2x and then it will bring up the signature prompt. You do not have to have the PIN #.

    Might not be a bad idea to call the manager at both locations, just in case they have had any other reports or issues of the same type.
     
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