Hey guys… This isn’t so pointless, but I felt the need to post.
Last Friday my parents came back from a trip to Springfield, Il. They got in quite late at the Amtrak station in Chicago, and my father was bump-and-run pickpocketed, his wallet and credit cards stolen. Within an hour, he’d cancelled everything, but already 8 transactions had been made. He won’t have to pay for them; he’s covered for that, thankfully.
However, this is where the story takes a turn for the bizarre.
After cancelling the cards, my dad called Amtrak security. He was told by the operator there that he’d be contacted within an hour by a detective from Amtrak. About an hour later he got the call, and started detailing what happened.
The detective asked him all sorts of questions, including name, address, date of birth…
My dad got suspicious when one of the questions was ‘Mother’s maiden name’…
He didn’t answer that, and the next morning he got a call from, well… The real detective. The caller ID showed that it was from the Amtrak offices, and the detective told him under no circumstances would any security person ask for this information. The fact that the call happened when it did, with someone identifying themselves as security, makes both my father and the detective assume that there is, unfortunately, someone inside the Amtrak security department who is working with the pickpockets to get information.
So, there you go. If you, or someone you know, gets victimized at the Amtrak station, just be aware that the pickpocketing may only be the start of things.