That’s how long it takes me to drive home from our New York City offices. I made that very trip yesterday, leaving just before the Friday afternoon rush hour on a weekend already challenged by Super Bowl traffic in the area.
That’s also how long it took for my credit card data to be stolen and used in four unique transactions in Quebec, Canada while I was driving home to Pennsylvania. The normally quiet drive was interrupted by several emails and calls from American Express to warn me of fraudulent activity for four transactions ranging from $18 to $45.
The art and hassle of the scam
This particular credit card is one I don’t even use often. It’s an AMEX Business account that I opened years ago when I was an independent blogger. I only use it now for my Gigaom activities, simply because it’s easier to separate work expenses from personal ones. Yet, for the second time in as many business trips to New York City, the card information was stolen and purchases were made. The last time, just a few months ago, created nearly $1,500 worth of fraudulent transactions.