I had a wonderful first visit to the Grand Canyon last weekend, and overall, my experience was very positive. I loved the area and the people alike.
However, this past Friday I became aware of a problem when my local bank account was completely drained of all cash. I wouldn't post this if I was 99% sure; however, here are the circumstances surrounding the events. One can come to their own conclusions and I apologize in advance for offending anyone by my accusations but here are the series of events:
I bought gas at the Texaco Express Mart when leaving the Grand Canyon. I thought it odd that my debit/credit card would not swipe. 1. I thought it was because I just **opened** my new bank account days ago and I did not validate the card. But then remembered I had used it for one local grocery and gas purchase at home where I always go, and have never had a problem.
2.This was the first time my card was out of sight in the hands of anothers. I have NOT used this for any other purchases online.
3. I was the only person there at the time and the attendant came out and said, give me your card, I will run it inside and I can come get it when it was filled up. I only filled my tank up enough to get me to my next stop b/c their prices are not advertised - I came back in and I had to ask for my receipt. I had an odd feeling, and I typically don't keep receipts, but in this case, I did.
Anyway, after trying to use my card once and having it declined, I went to call my bank and found a voicemail from them already. They flagged my account for random charges and after researching further, they informed me someone in Canada used a replica of my card which would only be accessed by someone knowing the last 3 digits of my security code. I have since filed a dispute and there will be no problem (hopefully) getting my my money refunded. I intend to pass on a copy of my receipt to authorities to at least note, if not take action, in the event there are past or future events stemming from this location.
Given the circumstances, 1. brand new bank account 2. new card hardly used 3. Only one person outside of myself having this card out of my sight - I feel confident in my statements. Again - hopefully the authorities will be able to take it one step further. I hope my comments have saved someone from the same problem I just experienced. Yes, of course, there is always the question of whether or not this vendor is to blame but given my past experience in this work, all things point to this location. I will never leave my card, sight unseen, in a strange place again. Lesson Learned.