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Another busy day........ [Sep. 12th, 2004|11:08 pm]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
We had another fun day - we drove out to Harmony, Florida ( http://www.harmonyfl.com ) and toured the model homes - very nice!!! We also drove around Celebration looking at houses, apartments, etc. etc. etc. We went to Wolfgang Puck's restaurant at Downtown Disney and I had some delicious pumpkin ravioli. We then went over to the Gaylord Palms resort to look at their neat atriums with the alligators and tropical plants and Florida history stuff - very cool!

Everybody is chilling out in the living room watching tv, while I prepare a HUGE wholesale print order to ship out tomorrow..... Tomorrow is going to be a big "work catchup" day for me as well. Everybody else is going to Universal Studios =P I've been hit with massive amounts of email and other workstuffs that I need to get under control, and fast! I swear, man, this happens whenever I stop working for 8 hours - it's crazy!

Oooh!!! My "Cheshire Cat" design got picked up as a keychain design and I got my samples in the mail - they are AWESOME! I'll post them up for sale very soon =)

Oh yes - I put some of my more recent paintings up on eBay for my weekly "Print Sale" - check them out (8x10s are on sale for $10 and 12x16s are on sale for $20) here:


("Just About Midnight", "Leo", and the newest "Purple Winged Fairy" are this week's sales!!!).

Ugh, in other news - some $#*@^$(&#^ bastard in Mesa, Arizona appears to be using my debit card number to buy a bunch of groceries and crap, lol. I had to cancel the card and all of that junk. Hey Jodi - that's in your neck of the woods - will you go hang out in front of Safeway and beat the tar out of anybody who looks suspicous for me???? =P I hate that kind of stuff.

Back to work!!!

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[User Picture]From: heatherica
2004-09-12 08:43 pm (UTC)
argh, lj ate my comment! I hope it doesn't pop up later making this a double post. I hate when that happens!

Anyway... I was just looking at the Harmony website and it says that "the entire community is Dark-Sky compliant". Any idea what that means exactly??

Aw, I'm sorry you have to stay home and work tomorrow while everyone else gets to go have fun. No fair! :(
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-09-12 08:50 pm (UTC)
Oh! That means that they have shields over all of the streetlamps and other exterior lights so that the lights only point downward, thus not causing the halos of light over the town like most cities have. That means that the sky is actually dark at night, and the stars are very visible!
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[User Picture]From: peemonster
2004-09-12 08:48 pm (UTC)
people can be so awful!

im so glad it was only the groceries and not the VEHICLE!!

sorry it happened to such a sweet person :.( hopefully you can find out who it was...

good luck on your work!

Love Always,
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[User Picture]From: boogarshadow
2004-09-12 10:08 pm (UTC)
You DO!!!???? I do too!! where abouts?
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[User Picture]From: cybertazz2
2004-09-12 09:26 pm (UTC)
Wow!! How does someone get your Debit Card number? Is it that easy to do?? I hope your bank credited you and gave your money back...
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-09-12 09:30 pm (UTC)
They used it as a credit card - probably one of those shady characters that have the new machines that spit out random credit card numbers and stamp them out with the magnetic strips even. People will make them in their basement and they look real, and they'll try them out at "pay at the pump" gas stations to see if it's a valid credit card number, and if it works then they know that they can go on a shopping spree.....

Oh yes, the banks getting it all fixed up - it's just a hassle!
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From: delbutterfly
2004-09-12 09:26 pm (UTC)
I ate at a Wolfgang in the airport in Cincinatti. Sounds like you had an enjoyable timewith your hubby.

Take care
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[User Picture]From: boogarshadow
2004-09-12 10:07 pm (UTC)
THAT SUCKS!!!!..oh man!!! Did they say what Safeway? (It's a big city) Can I help you out with anything?

Banks are usually pretty good about that sort of thing, they should refund your money asap and get you out a new card...but it's always a headache!!! :o(

People SUCK sometimes. Hope they catch the Butt and nail him.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-09-12 10:18 pm (UTC)
They didn't have the address to the specific store - it looks like they hit a gas station first, then a Safeway, then to Target a couple of times, dropping wads of cash as they went.....bastards.......

Yeah, they'll take care of it - it was just a drag having to do all of that crap when I had guests over.... It's funny though, the same thing has happened to both of my sisters - one time it was with Anchorage, Alaska!
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[User Picture]From: chunkygoat
2004-09-12 11:32 pm (UTC)
Yeah, your bank should give you credit & will probably be mailing you an affidavit of fraud to sign - just make SURE you keep a copy & make sure the bank gets it within about a month - if they don't, it might have gotten lost in the mail (thus the copy you kept, to make another copy to send/fax to them). Or else the bank takes their money back out of your account because they need that signed affidavit - it's VISA policy - not fun.

How do I know all this? I'm a fraud detection analyst, specializing in debit cards. And I used to be a fraud case processor. You're right - they probably used a program to generate your number, made a counterfeit card, then went on a shopping spree. I just wish those $)&#%*&#$ merchants would train their employees how to spot a counterfeit card better - *SIGH* - it's usually not too hard to tell the difference if they'd just bother to LOOK.

Oh yeah - looks like Ivan isn't coming anywhere near you - huzzah! ^_^
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[User Picture]From: neva_ivan
2004-09-13 05:24 am (UTC)


It's so cool to have an expert offer advice. I wish I'd known about you when I had my cc stolen.

How do you get to be a fraud detection analyst anyway?
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[User Picture]From: breathing_hard
2004-09-12 11:35 pm (UTC)
That's so horrible about your card! Sorry to hear it, some people are such jerks. I hope it all gets resolved for you soon :)
Anyway, I just wanted to stop by and say hi. I really adore your art work, I just discovered your LJ after loving your work for a while now. I hope you don't mind if I add you to my friends.
Take care and keep up the beautiful work! <3
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-09-13 06:04 am (UTC)
Thank you so much!!! And welcome to my LiveJournal!!!
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[User Picture]From: erikasfriends
2004-09-13 12:47 am (UTC)
Oh no sorry to hear about the credit theft! It's very annoying and a big inconvenience!

I want to try that pumpkin ravioli that sounds yummy!
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[User Picture]From: gossamerfaery
2004-09-13 01:51 am (UTC)
ACK! Sorry about the debit card! Both my brother and my dad have had bad luck with that stuff. Some people in their area was stealing mail out of the boxes, and they would steal new credit cards. My family didn't know it at the time, but a lady that came up to the door because she had "car trouble" actually activated the card from their house!!!!!!!!!!! They had to change over ALL of their cards and info. and even talk to the police a few times. It was a huge scam!! My family now has a PO box. The banks and card comapnies were great about it, but it was so time consuming!
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[User Picture]From: crypticvitality
2004-09-13 05:18 am (UTC)
Yikse jasmine, thats sucks... you lost you debit card out there or somthing? they say if you loose one you should cancel it right away! Good thing ya caught it on time!

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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-09-13 05:27 am (UTC)
Oh no, there are programs out there that will spit out likely credit card numbers, and then they stamp out fake credit cards and sell them to people. The lady at the bank said it happens all the time, and that the fake cards are pretty convincing. And since they can put whatever name they like on there, they can write any name they like with their own handwriting for the signature! I guess it is pretty common. There's nothing you can do to protect against it either since they randomly determine the numbers =(
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[User Picture]From: neva_ivan
2004-09-13 05:19 am (UTC)

That's awful

When my credit card was stolen it caused me months of hassle, so I'm glad your bank is being good about it. But what a nightmare still! How did you find out? Did you notice or did the bank call you? Because you'd think they'd wonder why you were suddenly buying groceries in Arizona!

I'm so sorry this happened.

I guess I'm happy for you that you have so many orders, but sorry that you can't take a break! Hey, you need an assistant! (Just one that works for free, huh?)
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-09-13 06:09 am (UTC)

Re: That's awful

Yep - the bank called me afer they had noticed four transactions all in Arizona, hehe.

Actually, if my sister Kachina ends up moving down here I'm going to hire her as my assistant! She has an infant son, and she'd be able to bring him to "work" that way!! =)
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[User Picture]From: artistchick
2004-09-13 05:38 am (UTC)
Argh! Having someone use your credit card sounds like a huge $^(&)*&#!@ Grrr . . . I hate people who steal. =( It's so terrible. I wonder how they heck someone in Arizona got your card # anyway. *scratches head* That's just weird. I guess it could have gotten stolen over the net?

Anyway, I'm sorry to hear about that. That f*cking sucks. Grr . . . >:X That kind of thing makes me SOOO angry! (sorry.) LOL

*hugs* Glad to hear everythings going okay and that you're having fun with your fam. Sorry to hear that you're behind with your work again. But you're good at catching up. =) hehe. I'm sure you'll be up to date again soon! ^_^
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2004-09-13 06:11 am (UTC)
Yeah, it sucked!!! I was very mad!! There's absolutely nothing you can do to protect against this new kind of fraud either - basically they have the new machines that spit out random credit card numbers and stamp them out with the magnetic strips even. People will make them in their basement and they look real, and they'll try them out at "pay at the pump" gas stations to see if it's a valid credit card number, and if it works then they know that they can go on a shopping spree..... So the thieves generate random numbers until they work, and there's nothing the actual cardholder can do. The thieves don't even have to know the name on the card, since they can print whatever name they want on the fake cards, and put a signature on the back with the fake name.
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From: velcrow_rabbit
2004-09-13 07:37 am (UTC)
Ooooooo, a Chesire cat keychain?!? *_*

I'm sorry to hear about your card. Some people need the crap beaten out of them. >_
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[User Picture]From: smallgirl
2004-09-13 08:11 am (UTC)


you know fraud happens a lot more than people know its really surprised me how much it happens even in small towns like where i live. a girl i worked with actually had the fbi come visit her because someone had stolen her mail to steal her identity :P i guess there was a huge ring going on over in this stupid little hick town....also you should be carefull about sending checks in the mail for bills and stuff because the ink can be washed off in an acid bath and the checks reused...i hadnt heard about the random card generator thingy, that kinda freaks me out. triksy thieves!!
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