The couple kept records of the false charges. In late 2012, someone charged $176.83 at a RiteAid in Newton, N.J., and $164.17 and $82.97 at a QuickChek in the same town.
A year later – now on a new account number – a Lenovo laptop computer for $619.53 was delivered to the couple’s home and charged to their account. The same day, there was a $65.97 charge from a dating website.
Then seven months later, the Westheimer’s latest account number was charged $691.72 and $199.68 for Time Warner cable bills.
The next wrongful charge came a few months later. There were six $0.99 charges to Google, and one for $0.45 for something in North Vietnam, Westheimer said and records show.
In 2018, someone bought $827.52 of furniture at an IKEA in College Park, MD, then there were charges for a meal at a Denny’s in California, followed by a charge of 5,640 Pesos – $283.39 – somewhere in Mexico.
“They were making good use of the no foreign transaction feature of our card,” Bill Westheimer said.