We had close to $50,000 in that account...mostly to pay property taxes, and other bills that were going to come out of the account automatically.
We were $601 overdrawn.
It took me a minute to understand that this was what I was seeing. Yup, 10 withdrawals the same day for about $4800 each. All the same amount. And they all went to Paypal.
It was midnight, and Cheryl was asleep. I decide to not wake her, as both the bank and Paypal were close for phone calls.
I checked my Paypal account. Yup, it was all just sitting there.
No sleep for Claude last night. A massive headache last night and today.
This morning, I explained to a panicky Cheryl what had happened, and assured her that the money was still in the Paypal account.
It was almost impossible to explain it all to her. So I told her I'd just take care of it this morning.
Four calls to different Paypal Reps. One visit to the bank. We deposited plenty in the bank to cover the next few days....
And I spend a few hours on the phone with three reps at Paypal (The last one was more aware of what had happened)
Apparently, someone had hacked my Paypal account by slowly changing my password, address, phone number, and security question answers.
And today, they tried to take the money out of Paypal, and it didn't go through...
But I had a heck of a time trying to convince Paypal that I was me...since most of my information had been changed already.
Had I not checked my account last night, the money could have vanished.
Finally, I got access to my account, and transferred the money to the bank.
And...changed all my passwords (Bank, Paypal, e-mail service) to a million character ream of gibberish.
I started this morning at 8AM....and kept at it until just before 3PM.
I also found out that at least a dozen different e-mail addresses and phone numbers...none of which were mine...were used to try to take our money.
What a day. Maybe tonight we'll get some sleep.