**** Update on Bro. Milton: He should be here in this area at M.D. Anderson by now. They transported him after midnight for further assessment and evaluation. We thank everyone for remembering this dear soldier of The Cross. Amen. ****
Hello once again. It's just me so I don't think you will need your concealed carry permit for today's edition. It is Wednesday, December 2, 2015, and I do hope you are off to a good start today. We had another one of our debit cards compromised the other day. This time it was the wife's card. They had used it to purchase items at a Burlington Coats store. We do have protection on our accounts but this was what appeared to be a legitimate transaction made by her card. Dealing with our bank was somewhat frustrating but we ended up canceling her card and they backed out the charges. I did notice an unusual charge on our account. It was a debit and then a credit from what I later learned was a vending machine. In this case it was a $3.00 charge made from Coca Cola and then immediately it was credited. The bank said this was a legitimate debit and credit and I would need to take it up with Coca Cola. I did some research and here's what I discovered. When fraudsters get numbers of debit cards they make the fake cards and then they test them to see if they are still active. One of their favorite ways of testing the fake card is to use it at a vending machine. They had no interest in quenching their thirst, only in furthering their thievery. It took me a while to locate this information. One would think the bank would have a clue if this is a common technique used but they didn't. How did they get her number? They may have hacked into a listing of debit card account numbers from the bank or somewhere else. I mention this only to let everyone know that if you see a small amount from what appears to be a vending machine charge but you didn't access a vending machine, well, card user beware. I know this is the world we live in today but it's still both sad and frustrating.