We’re full bore into the annual Christmas shopping season, but that’s not the only one. ‘Tis also the season for online shopping fraud, as the case of Cindy Reinhardt illustrates.
Reinhardt lives in Moneta, where she provides hospice care for her ailing father, and she does animal rescue work on the side. To help fund the latter, she has a thrift store, Moneta Market, which sells donated goods.
She was moving the store into a new location on Virginia 122 in mid-November and was just about to write a check so Apco would turn her power on. Then she got a phone call from Carter Bank & Trust, where she banks, and which issued her debit card.
“Did you just use your card to buy a computer for $693 from BestBuy.com?” the bank rep asked her. It’s not the first time they’ve called to confirm one of Reinhardt’s purchases.
But it was the first time they called about something she hadn’t bought.
“No,” Reinhardt answered.
Alas, it was too late to stop at the bank-account level. The money was already out of her account, leaving only a few dollars in it.
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