Debit cards no longer safe

My debit card was declined at the grocery store today so I decided to check my account online. Voila! someone had withdrawn $500 3 times today! At an ATM machine that should only allow $200 withdraws. Yikes! That’s $1500.

My bank says that someone is grabbing debit card numbers and pins electronically and making duplicate cards. Eeek! At least 4 other Washington Mutual customers had been hit this way today, according to the banker I talked with online.

I will have to wait here until my new card comes in the mail. The bank will reimburse me the amount I lost once I sign some paperwork.

I get annoyed when my card is declined because the bank won’t allow so many high cost transations in one day, but I’m appreciating it now–keeps the whole account from being drained.