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  1. You need to know THE AMOUNT of loans that she received in any given year that she used to pay for any of her expenses..........not the scholarships, just the loans, for the moment..........Can you find out this information ? (Important )
  2. Are you the father of her son ? Is she already divorced and if not, is there any "father" currently in the picture ?
  3. Are these funds that were used for her education considered "scholarships" or are they "loans" which must be repaid ?
  4. Just curious.............In what state do you reside ? Also, who pays for her school expenses.......tuition, books, etc. ?
  5. SBA: When speaking with the Bloomies Fraud Dept. this evening, I advised the Bloomies Rep that I wanted to keep the "block" on both the Store card and the Amex card until the investigation was completed. She understood and agreed to my request. I also emptied all allowable information from both the "Profile" and "My Wallet" sections on Bloomingdales website for the present. The longer this continues, the more the Bloomingdales Fraud Rep agrees that it's looking more & more like this is a case of widespread compromise of Bloomingdales website data.
  6. The only update is that my New Bloomingdales Amex card arrived in today's mail.
  7. SBA: Right ! Separate item of interest: Thanks. Never knew that.
  8. SBA: What I gleaned from my conversation with Bloomingdales Fraud Dept.last evening was that it was not altogether impossible that BLOOMINGDALE'S website was "hacked" and their customers information was, in fact, compromised, not that my computer security was breached, but theirs, much like when other vendors security has been compromised in the past.
  9. SBA: Bloomies Fraud Department admitted, as you suggested, that the thief was knowledgeable...........and did, in fact, change BOTH addresses and phone numbers...........in BOTH the "Profile" and "My Wallet" sections of their website. It was only when Bloomies "tested" the addres change & telephone number change, using whatever database they referred to in our call, "badges of fraud" were suspected and the card accounts were Both (Store & Amex) shut down.
  10. There is no other user whatsoever. The WI-Fi isn't even currently turned on, and hasn't been since 2011. It is WEP encrypted and the log history would indicate that it has never been breached.
  11. SBA: In fact, the Fraud Dept. at Bloomies even "reinforced" the fact that law enforcement should be very specific when requesting that particular parcel of information, which they said. was certainly available from Bloomingdales.
  12. Bloomies, according to both Bloomies and law enforcement.
  13. I just got off the phone with the Bloomingdales Fraud Department, again,and, at some point in the conversation, after advising the department that Law Enforcement was going to subpoena not only all of the info on the fraudulent transactions, but also the IP address logged when the password, address change & telephone number change was requested that is tied to the session in which the changes were made. This will allow law enforcement to identify the ISP and further subpoena the ISP for a subscriber identification and physical location of the requesting computer. At that point, the Fraud Department "alluded" to the fact that it was entirely possible that it was THEIR system that was compromised.....not anything that I may have exposed myself to. I found that interesting.
  14. I have now filed the police report and completed the Statement of Fraud and sent both items to Bloomingdales Fraud Dept. Now, the only thing I can do is wait.......for new card to arrive.
  15. Hope this helps ! My family..........Father & Mother before me....and my own family......have had all of our coverage, Home, Vehicles, Umbrella Policies, with Liberty Mutual, for the last 49 years. We've "obviously" been happy with them, and currently still serve our insurance needs. They have been fair, responsive to claims, and a vigorous advocate against other insurance companies, when required. I can only offer our experiences, but hope that this helps !
  16. SBA: No charges were made at Bloomingdales.com so I have no idea if they changed that address as well. It appears that it was the standard purchases of high-dollar, desirable electronics which could be sold rapidly to turn the merchandise into cash.
  17. SBA: I didn't ask if BOTH addresses were changed, but the Fraud supervisor at Bloomies stated that the address, was, as stated by NewEgg, changed on October 19th, allowing the purchases to be shipped to the address in Arizona, on October 22nd. NO cards were ever sent anywhere since the original, and only card, was sent to me, originally. I just noticed on my Bloomingdales Amex statement that my FULL account number shows on the statement, unlike many other credit cards, which are limited to the last 4 digits. I had one of my vehicles in the shop at the dealership for a number of days due to someone rearending my vehicle. The vehicle was at the dealership during the period of October 16th to October 22nd. I was driving another car during that time. If, by accident, I had left a previous Bloomindales bill in my glove box, could all of this have occurred by THAT action ? I'm pretty certain that I removed everything from that vehicle except for the owner's manual, proof of insurance, tire gauge, and removed any pieces of paper that were inside, other than registration. Your thoughts ?
  18. No. I have only accessed my accounts from a secure computer connection. They made the purchases on October 19th. There was a problem because the address didn't match, according to NewEgg security. The thief THEN changed the address & phone number, and the purchase was only shipped to them on October 22nd. The purchase from WalMart.com was made AFTER the address & phone number was changed in my Bloomies profile.
  19. SBA.......They NOW know what it looks like........lol !
  20. SBA: (I'm guessing you're guessing right )
  21. Thanks for all of your input ! First, I tend to think that the Secret Service were merely speculating on the method used to capture the info, especially since the only time in the last billing cycle-plus that the card was handled by anyone other than me wason September 3rd..........46 days before the card was actually used to make the fraudulent purchases. That day, at Costco, the particular terminal in my checkout lane was having "issues"..........perhaps a dirty card reader ? The register cashier offered to swipe it herself, to which I agreed. I paid no attention to anything other than the screen showing the total amount, not bothering to watch the actual card swipe.......I had no real reason to think otherwise. I cannot fathom how this could have happened.........The card hasn't been out of my possession otherwise. I especially can't figure out how the thief could have gotten into my Bloomingdales profile and changed my address and phone number.......preventing Bloomies from reaching me by telephone, which they say they tried to do on multiple calls. I've even checked my computer for viruses, phishing code, spyware, keystroke loggers, etc. I've used Norton 360, Trend Micro, Kaspersky, Malwarebytes Anti-Malware, and none of them find any problems. I'm completely stumped.
  22. Thanks SBA ! I filed the police report, and on Monday will fax back to fraud department of Bloomingdales the Statement of Fraud & a copy of the police report. Bloomies Fraud Dept. even offered to "unblock" both my Bloomies & Macys store cards if I wanted to shop and said they would immediately "re-block" them for my protection...........I thanked them, but told them that I'd feel safer if we just let them stay blocked until I get the new cards..............If there's something I just can't live without, I can just use a different card to shop there. I called in a favor yesterday and met with US Secret Service who is the agency charged with credit card fraud investigations across state lines........although, their current threshhold for initiating an investigation is $250,000. plus, due to their work constraints/manpower limitations. They seem to think that I may have been a victim of a card compromised by an RFID scanner, although, I don't really understand how that is done, nor do I understand how the thief was able to get the 4-digit security code, unless it is also embedded on the strip or in the RFID chip, if what they surmise is. in fact, the case..........your thoughts ???
  23. Thanks ! Will Do. I already have both a Macys and a Macys Amex acct. for years already. The Bloomies fraud dept stated she was noting both my Bloomies AND Macys Accounts. Does this make a difference as far as someone trying to open a Macys account today in my name ? All three CB's have 90-day fraud alerts a freezes in place as of 5 mins. ago. She also faxed my the Bloomingdales Fraud Statement to complete and attach the police report. The thief bought a Mac Book Pro from New Egg but there was a delay because the shipping address was "Fubar", so the thief simply changed the address in my profile and it was shipped on October 22nd, according to NewEgg. I haven't had time yet to call Walmart. Both purchases were shipped to an address in Arizona............
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