This is something that all businesses should take note. I hope it
doesn’t happen to anyone else.
This past Friday, I received a call from one of our suppliers as
they needed a credit card number to process an order placed that day.
Since I tend to make one large annual order with them and the time
was nearly there, the order did not throw any red flags up.
Fortunately, their computer routinely drops all credit card numbers
after 6 months. The lady processing the order at that company was
quite flustered when it was determined that I had not placed the
order, there was no one here with the name given at the time of order
and - it was to be shipped to a different address altho still
Just 2 weeks ago, I was updating my catalog collection and disposing
of the older catalogs into the (mandatory) recycling bin and yes,
their’s was one I had tossed since I had a more current one. My
warning to you is to watch the labels on the cover. Frequently those
labels will have your customer number on them which will make it
easier for fraud to occur. Remove them prior to disposal!
And now, since I have my credit card numbers on file with several
companies which did make it easier for me, I have the unpleasant
task of having to have the current credit card numbers closed and all
new numbers issued since I don’t know who else may have received an
order from my unknown “silent partner”.
North River, NY