Only a matter of time until we were victims of crime

We are fine, but have joined the long list of people in South Africa who are victims of crime.  They got us.

We have been told that a common problem here is theft of credit card numbers by organized crime.  Waiters and clerks take your card and quickly make an imprint.  Then, for a fee,  they pass the numbers on.  As a result, most restaurants have portable credit card machines they bring right to the table so the card is never out of the owner’s sight.

Apparently somewhere in our travels the card was out of our sight!  Brian wrote more of the details here.  I want to know who took our card, made an imprint, looked us straight in the eye and said “thank you have a good evening.”

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3 Responses to “Only a matter of time until we were victims of crime”


  1. 1 Jennifer Wright April 24, 2009 at 12:14 am

    I am so sorry! I am glad you might only be on the hook for $600.00. We will pray that will get subtracted after the fraud investigation. Ugh. Jennifer

  2. 2 Robyn April 24, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    Oh goodness! I’m glad you all are okay, but I’m sure that is quite a terrible feeling of invasion. I’m also relieved to hear that you all are safe following election day.
    love you, robyn

  3. 3 Anne May 6, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    I’m so sorry! (Although the same thing happened to me here a few months ago!)


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