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VISA Could Be Handing Out Your New Debit/Credit Card Number Before You Even Receive It

Thursday, December 13, 2012 - 4:57 PM
From the Consumerist:
Among the hassles of getting a new credit or debit card is having to update all the accounts that still use the old card number. Visa actually has a program that allows companies to get your new number right away so that there are no lapses in payments, but consumers don’t know about it — and some are not happy.   

Consumerist reader Rob recently got a call from Bank of America that someone appeared to be trying to use his debit card number fraudulently. Luckily, the scammer hadn’t managed to successfully charge anything to his account, but BofA did have to cancel the existing card and issue him a new one.

He received the new debit card yesterday and went about updating account info with companies like Netflix and Amazon. But when he went to the website for XM Radio, he was shocked to see that his new card number had already been entered into the system.

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