Thursday, June 4, 2009

Day 155- Stolen Identity

Dana called today to inform me that there was an unusual purchase made on my debit card. The amount was quite alarming and there was no possible way that I would spend the kind of money that was charged to our account. I asked Dana to call the bank quickly to cancel my card. After the bank had canceled my card, Dana contacted the company where the purchase was made. The company gave us the name and address of the lady that made the charge to my card. I stopped what I was doing and went to pay the lady a visit. When I arrived at her home, it appears that our debit card numbers are almost identical besides a few numbers. She apologized repeatedly throughout our visit. Just as we were wrapping things up I handed her a million dollar bill. As I gave her the bill I said, "Next time you want some of my money, just ask. I will give it to you." The mood was much lighter so we both enjoyed a laugh. Still smiling, I commented that I had assumed she had broken the eighth commandment and was in big trouble. I told her that the Bible says that thieves will not inherit the kingdom of God. That was easy to do compared to confronting her bogus purchase. I thought I would be cornering a computer hacker or perhaps a convicted felon. Sometimes opportunities can be an inconvenience, but if you think about it, everything we have comes from the Lord. That money was never mine and my time belongs to Him.

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