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Archive for January 26, 2015

Last weekend

It’s been a rough weekend for us. It started with taking my car into the shop, only to be told that the engine was about to fall out of it.

I wish that was an exaggeration.

It drained our savings, but we got it done. It’s tight but drivable.

dxApparently some silly “hacker” (Air quotes. getting into someone’s facebook while wearing a guy fawkes mask doesn’t make you a hacker, it makes you a loser with nothing better to do.) sent some messages on my FB account and then friended himself to me. Seriously “Meta Dx”, you’re not even worth my scorn. I’ll just clean up your mess the same way I would with any other child.

I woke up Sunday morning to a cold house. The furnace has developed a problem. Fortunately, the Library has it’s own heat seperate¬† from the main system and the living room has a fireplace so¬† we were able to keep the ground level warm. We checked what we had left in the bank to get ready for the repairman. (by the way, Geni Heating & Cooling at 627 Dorothy Drive Brunswick, OH was recommended to us and advertise 24 hour service, but they refused to come out to our part of town. We don’t recommend them).

We discovered our checking account was empty.

Someone had gotten in to my ebay account about six hours earlier (diffrent region from the child who was on FB, and a diffrent kind of hack anyhow) and made about twenty purchases. Only seven went through.

Huntington bank was useless. They passed the buck and said we had to go to eBay. Huntington would not help – I’m not pleased with that, and it makes me think twice about recommending them as well.

Ebay said contact the sellers. I had already done that. I expected a bit more help, but at least they backed me up. Paypal too.

I want to give a shout out to the six sellers who responded back to me immediately and refunded my money within twelve hours.



You guys are truly class acts and I can’t thank you enough for your understanding. To all of my readers, please check thier stores out and think of these guys if you are looking for something on eBay. They were the victems of this fraud just as much as I was.
In the end all the transactions were cancled, and we’ve recovered 80% of the lost money (and likely will recover the full 100%, but I’m not going to be pleased if I have to pester them for it).
I wanted to put this post up, not to complain, but to give some praise to the people who did help out (and maybe name a couple names of those who were less than helpful), and to show you that this kind of thing happens, but it’s not the end of the world. We got the ebay problem solved in less than 24 hours from the incursion. We had to do most of the leg work ourselves, but it got done. The bad guys are out there. Don’t let them win.
We’ll see you tomorrow. New violent blue up today