The Magistrate's Blog (2005-2012)

This blog has migrated to www.magistratesblog.blogspot.co.uk This blog is anonymous, and Bystander's views are his and his alone. Where his views differ from the letter of the law, he will enforce the letter of the law because that is what he has sworn to do. If you think that you can identify a particular case from one of the posts you are wrong. Enough facts are changed to preserve the truth of the tale but to disguise its exact source.

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Location: Near London, United Kingdom

The blog is written by a retired JP, with over 30 years' experience on the Bench.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Crime Victim

I have had one of my credit cards cloned. It was used to spend £400 on shoes (that's more than I would spend in a decade!) but was then detected by an online seller whose security was good enough to stop an order for a plasma telly. It was no more than a minor inconvenience to me, and we had new cards within a few days. Interestingly there was a single ITunes purchase, used to check the validity of the number I guess. I wonder where they got the details from though? I never let the card out of my sight. A while ago at the local Sainsburys there was a young lad who finished up in court for using a card skimmer. He was only small fry, but cards using information he had gathered were used in £600,000 worth of fraud.