I was on vacation in February when an alert came over my phone. Someone had authorized $50 onto my Starbucks card. Then another alert immediately after: Another $25 was added without my authorization. Soon thereafter, persons unknown used the card in Las Vegas to buy “merchandise,” which the nice lady at Starbucks HQ said was probably more Starbucks cards. This was before I could even change my admittedly weak password or close my account, which I did, but the damage was done.
This isn’t the first time this has happened. Years ago someone hacked my husband’s debit card and charged $800 at a WalMart in Chicago. After the card was “closed” by the bank, another $100 in gas was charged on the now closed card. It was maddening.