How do thieves manage to steal credit and debit cards that are barely even used?

You open a debit card and you only use it once at a department store and once online through Amazon. And you’ve never been to an ATM yet, where thieves are known to install skimmers. Then next thing you know, you get an alert that someone used your card 1,000 miles away from you! How does this happen?

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  • 4 weeks ago

    it was because of amazon - when u place your card info on any internet site it is at risk of being hacked. 

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  • Judy
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    One time, I had my info used in Europe. The state police said they'd had several cases, and were pretty sure it was someone in the card processing center.

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  • Erik
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    Bad luck.  The less you use a card, the less likely it is to be stolen.  It's the same theory behind computer viruses and sexually transmitted diseases.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    You used it once at a department store and once online through Amazon. It could have been at the department store, or it could be that your computer is infected with something that lets them see whatever card numbers are used on it.

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  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    Internet order or they can make cards with the data.

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