A couple in Alaska, Chris and Susie Linford, had their debit card information stolen. The family says that the physical debit card was never out of their possession – nevertheless, thieves somehow got a hold of the Linford’s debit card number.
They were understandably upset when they found out that nearly $5,000 was withdrawn from their bank account.
Once they discovered that their debit card information had been stolen, they promptly reported it to their credit union.
Credit Union One, conducted their own investigation and came to the conclusion that the debit card information stolen from the Linford’s was used to make unauthorized purchases and refunded the money that had been stolen to them.
That should have been the end of the matter, but it wasn’t.
The Linford’s started receiving items at their home that they did not order.
ABC News reports that some of the items delivered included a $900 signed Dale Earnhardt Jr. poster, a baseball bat autographed by Chipper Jones, an entire case of Samsung Galaxy covers, coats and more.
Mrs. Linford thinks that the thieves failed to provide a shipping address when they ordered they stolen merchandise and the merchandise was automatically sent to the address on record.
She even speculated that maybe the thieves had hoped to swipe the stolen good they ordered from the front door.
The Linford’s say that they were told that they did not have to return the merchandise they received due to the nature of the crimes.
They reportedly did not feel right about that, knowing that the companies that were swindled would have to absorb the cost, so they returned the items.
Kudos to them since that helps to keep insurance costs down, in the long run, for everyone.
The thief or thieves sound like they could win the “dumb thief award”.
Fortunately for the Linford’s, the situation has now been remedied.