The saga with my money continues.
It started with three payments made out to an American pizza place amounting to £150 ($300). So I told the bank, they were great and told me they would sort it.
Next day two more payments were removed one for £480($960) and another one for £735 ($1470). Again on to the bank and they were again brilliant. They assured me my money would be returned and the paperwork would follow.
On Monday I get a postal delivery, I sign for it. It's a large box and I am not sure what it is. On opening it it turns out to be,one leather jacket XL, one pair of jeans size 38, two pairs of trainers in different sizes and a watch. The parcel has been sent to my address but the name is not mine. But it is similar enough and it has come from the company that has had the £480 payment.
Again I phone the bank, they tell me that i should contact the company in California and ask them what they want doing with these goods as the postage had been £41 ($82) and there was no way I'm paying to return them. They also said that if I can't contact the company then I can do what I like with these clothes.
I've got through to the company told them what's going on and they are either righting the clothes off or will send UPS round and eventually they'll send me an email informing me of their decision
What they also told was the email address of the person who ordered and a phone number.The phone number is only one digit different form mine and in the same town.
So this is all feeling messy and a bit scary, as whomever has done this lives locally and knows where I live. So I phoned the police.
They cannot do anything till asked by the bank and so I now have to call the bank again tomorrow to tell them the phone number of the bastard whose done this to me. And hope that they think it is worth contacting the police as they can so easily locate the thief.
In the meantime one lot of money was repaid into my account followed today by visa insurance. This now means I've been overpaid by £740,and wouldn't I like to keep this money. Which says something about my integrity really, in that I'm outraged that I can be stolen from and not batting an eyelid at the thought of extra money.
Trouble is I'm basically an honest person and when I phone the bank I'll have to tell them.... Boo Hiss!! cause I don't want them catching up with me at a later date when I no longer have the money to repay.
So now currently for however long I'm the proud owner of some bling bling clothes and a ridiculous bling watch that's of no use to me or anyone I know. Which if the company write off will be hitting ebay any moment.
It's a salutatory lesson in how easy card theft is and how vulnerable we all our to becoming victims of crime, without our knowledge.
So it's taught me now to start being extra vigilant about hiding my pin number and my card from view when I use it in the future.
Apparently one in three people is done in this way at the moment. And being me and not hiding stuff about myself when I started telling people I have been amazed at how many others I know who have been caught out by unscrupulous thieves stealing our identities.
So as I said before check your bank accounts, it's so easy on the Internet and may just stop a whole load of horrid misery before it gets out of hand.