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Hi Guys,


As per usual, after being paid this month, I checked my online banking to reconcile all my debit card transactions and cash withdrawls against the receipts.


When I was doing this, I noticed one transaction I didn't recognise, a debit card transaction of £45.00 to a company called 'WWW.SEABROOKLTD.EU'. When I checked the website, it seems to support online casinos / poker rooms - I do not use these. Here's a snippet from their website:


"Our supporting casinos and poker rooms are licensed to conduct business by the Lotteries and Gaming Authority of Malta. Our casino and poker room games are played over the Internet, which reaches virtually every country in the world. Some of these jurisdictions have not yet addressed the legality of online Internet gaming, while some have specifically made Internet gaming illegal. "


Now, I've spoken to my bank (Lloyds) about this, and they told me the transaction was made online, and gave me the date. I was working on this date, which I can prove. I do not have the time of the transaction though.


Does anybody know what happens from here? Can the IP be tracked to find where the transaction was made?


Some people may say "It's only £45", but I would prefer to have my cash than be without. Obviously my card is now cancelled, but I've never had to deal with anything like this before, and would be grateful for any input.





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The company I work for sells online and as part of the order process we do capture the IP address, but to be honest it is a fairly useless piece of info. Typically the fraudsters we see tend to use mobile broadband and even when it is a fixed line connection the location is not always accurate as it is based on the ISP rather than the actual address. On top of this the police aren't really interested as they just view it as something for the banks to sort out and the ISP would only reveal the physical address of the IP if ordered to do so by a court.


All you can do is to dispute the transaction and get a refund.

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Then there's the IP spoofers who can generate a 'valid' IP address for an innocent individual. That task is for your bank - you just make sure you dispute it AND request a complete debit card number change.

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  • 2 months later...

Just seen this. Hopefully the bank have already re-credited you. a few years ago I discovered a direct debit had been set up on my account - to a "local" group that I had never heard of - claiming to be a community group (but based around London area when I am nearer North). I went into the bank and they sorted it there and then (took about 45 mins). As long as your written statement disputes this payment and your previous account history shows that - by balance of probability - you did not spend this, then it should be ok. With mine - I was told it was always happening - the banks do not investigate any disputed sums below £100 (?) and the "fraudsters" seem to realise this...

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i know it sounds stupid but theres much easyer ways than ip spoofing and all that


as part of a study once i drove round with a wifi scanner going


in a one square mile area it detected (not connected to just detected) over 40 unsecured wifi connections


its too easy for people to connect to these and even some of the secure ones have known vulnabilities (bt homehubs :p )

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  • I am employed in the IT sector of a high street retail chain but am not posting in any official capacity,so therefore any comments,suggestions or opinions are expressly personal ones and should not be viewed as an endorsement or with agreement of any company.
  • i am not legal trained in any form.
  • I have many experiences in life and do often use these in my posts

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I have an open connection, and on purpose.


Of course, detecting an unsecured connection is NOT the same as connecting. On mine, you only get as far as a web log-in page, as I provide free FON access if the user cares to long in.

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