We all know there are very bad people out there in the world, but how often are we REALLY faced with it? I mean, I see stupid people all the time, but that doesn't necessarily make them bad. haha
Yesterday, I realized I had truly encountered a very bad person. See, I was balancing my checkbook by reviewing my statement online when I saw a bill for over $700 sent to paypal a couple of days ago.
Well, seeing as how I was in San Francisco at the time and would therefore NOT have done this, I was instantly suspicious. Sure enough, I logged into Paypal and saw that some butthole had hacked into my Paypal and used it (and thus, MY checking account) to buy a product off ebay.
I felt sick to my stomach. Violated. I mean, over $700 gone out of my account. Thankfully, I have some reserves I can tap into until that $$ is credited back to my checking account, but what if I hadn't? I have bills to pay, kids to feed...and even if I didn't, that's MY hard-earned money!
To the scumbag who stole my money: I am ashamed of you. You are a terrible person, and I know that karma comes back around, big time. When you hurt people like this, you can't get away with it for long. I've also taken every bit of strength and focus within me to put the biggest curse on you possible, so when bad things happen to you, you have me to thank. haha.
Will this scare me off using Paypal in the future? Honestly, I don't know. My instant reaction was to close my account. I still may do so, but I'm going to seriously evaluate my options. I hate having to operate out of fear like this, and I don't want to be rash.
To everyone reading this entry, make sure to change the passwords for your paypal/online accounts frequently (in fact, I think there's some sort of key option you can buy for extra security with paypal--I may be looking into it). Also, check your banking account frequently to ensure all charges are actually valid.
Please, protect yourself against very bad people!