Author Diane Duane's bank account cleaned out by ATM skimmers, buy her ebooks at 20% off to help her out!


26 Responses to “Author Diane Duane's bank account cleaned out by ATM skimmers, buy her ebooks at 20% off to help her out!”

  1. Smash Martian says:

    Having been a victim of fraud myself, even if the money is returned by the bank, it can be a considerable financial burden making it through the weeks that it takes to investigate. I wouldn’t wish it upon anyone.
    If me buying a couple of books makes her life a little easier, I’ll consider that part-repayment for the warmth and generosity she’s shown people like me.

    Back when I was involved in fandom, Diane struck me as a witty, charming, erudite and much-loved author who always seemed to have time for a chat with fans, devoted considerable time to the fan community and seemd to be a general all-round top person.

  2. renke says:

    I never heard of the author, though the Wikipedia entry sounds quiet interesting; uUnfortunately the catalogue in the ebook store is incomplete.

    Any tips for a SF enthusiast?

    • Tynam says:

      All of Duane’s stuff is warm, accessible and entertaining, but some of it stands alone better than others.  As a starting point, I’d recommend “Stealing the Elf-King’s Roses” as pretty typical of her work.  Her YA “Young Wizards” series is all good (starting with “So You Want to be a Wizard?”), but I particularly recommend the adult spinoff “The Book of Night With Moon”, which is in the same universe but doesn’t require any prior knowledge. It’s the best SF novel ever written from the point of view of a cat wizard portal physicist.

      It’s just a pity the new editions of the Young Wizards aren’t ready yet; I need very little excuse to buy them all again. Ah well. Off to go buy ebooks.

      • renke says:

        thanks a lot!

        as ‘The Book of Night With Moon’ is not available as ebook I will test my  compatibility with her writing style with Elf-King’s Roses and Young Wizards I

  3. Phil Fot says:

    I purchased a book but skipped the coupon code. I’ve been penniless often enough that I know how much every cent counts when you don’t have many of them.

  4. Klaus Æ. Mogensen says:

    I’m not an American, but this seem to be very poor bank service. Any Danish bank would provide free overdraft until such a mess was sorted out.

    • zuiquan says:

      This is pretty typical for an American bank. They tend to let you dangle until they prove that you didn’t take all your money out yourself and declare fraud later. Even when they do prove that there is fraud involved it can take quite some time before they return your money to you.

  5. Talia says:

    Deeply sorry to hear. Bookmarked to act upon later and I’ll pass the word along.

  6. Coolhappymax says:

    Also bought the book, but didn’t really think about not applying the coupon code: in retrospect, I should have. What’s 1.20?

    I’m curious to know how many BB readers will buy it? How strong is BB’s influence on such decisions? Myself, I’ve bought some larger purchases(including a $500 scanner) based primarily on a BB review. 

  7. technogeekagain says:

    Too late to help this individual, but –  When skimmers started showing up, I adopted the practice of (a) entering my pin under cover of my other hand or a book or something similar, and (b) doing so with a few “false gestures” so it’s at least partly masked even if someone gets a look.

    Not exactly a solution, but it certainly can’t hurt.

    Time for the industry to switch from pin to challenge-and-response or something of that sort.

    (Also time to give up magstripe,  and to go with challenge-and-response on the card as well — or at least to use magstripe only for limited amounts. But that’s going to be an uphill battle, since it probably costs the banks less to take the loss on the fraud than it would to fix the problem properly.)

  8. Lobster says:

    As if it wasn’t hard enough making ends meet as a writer…

  9. Frank Williams says:

    Just purchased the Young Wizards International Edition, Complete Set (epub version for my iPad!)Hope the bank sorts everything out soon.

  10. Tarliman says:

    To Klaus: Yeah, welcome to American banking. Our banks charge massive overdraft fees, and then don’t forgive them when the fraudulent charges are reversed. You have to file a lot more paperwork, and it takes six months to process, and then the bank spits in your eye and tells you too bad and denies your request for overdraft reimbursement.  This is one of the reasons why we Americans are so angry at our banks.

    More on topic, I just yesterday received my “Keep Calm and Check the Manual” poster from DD’s gift shop, and it’s on the wall over my desk right now. Very pleased with it. I’ll see what sort of coin I can find under the sofa cushions to send her way.

    • matt says:

      I’ve dealt with debit card fraud 5 or 6 times over the past several years (with the same bank). I think the longest I had to wait for compensation from dozens of fraudulent charges was 72 hours. 

  11. Adrianna Jackson says:

    It happened to me. Luckily my bank put a three-hunded a day limit on ATMs and that is all they got! It still took months to iron out the problems. I have stopped using my bank CC/ATMs and have started using one of those pay as you go CC.

  12. manolo garcia says:

    I had my card cloned while travelling in brazil and they cleaned my account within two days. My bank in UK told me that I could get emergency cash at any branch with a photo ID. And the whole matter was sorted in less than a week.

    That is what you pay insurance for on your cards. I am very surprised american banks leave you to fend by yourself

  13. Jorpho says:

    A job for the Space Cops!

    But seriously, most unfortunate.  The Young Wizards books are pretty darn good stuff; I haven’t seen much like them.  Who else would conflate magic with equations from thermodynamics?

  14. GawainLavers says:

    After my ATM card number was stolen twice I adopted two measures:
    1) never use the credit function of an ATM card (if they are certain it was skimmed it’s probably because they already follow this advice)
    2) keep multiple accounts, one for incoming money, another for pulling money at ATMs: it’s a little extra hassle at the start of each month, but ensures that even if the ATM card is compromised, your primary account isn’t

  15. phlavor says:

    This type of theft is going to happen whether it’s through skimming, hacking or physical theft. Our latest happened on my wife’s card from an account used solely for automatic bill pay. The card had never been used and had lived it’s life in a safe. Still, someone in Estonia or someplace bought prepaid phone minutes with it. We cover our bases by having multiple accounts at multiple banks (7 accounts at 3 banks currently). That way it would be pretty impossible for one hack to clean us out. Also I watch those accounts like a hawk through alerts and a financial aggregator ( 

  16. Ellen says:

    Just bought Empty Chair on Kobo! This really stinks. I’d buy more, but I’m currently unemployed myself.

  17. On no, I hope everything gets sorted soon. Duane’s Young Wizards series was my absolute favourite when I was a youngster. Especially the one with the whales – I was mad about whales!

  18. AnthonyC says:

    That’s awful, and I wish her the best of luck.

    As an aside, if you can afford to do so, have accounts at more than one bank, for this very reason. Some people would even suggest keeping your money at a bank separate from any loans or credit cards, on the premise that some banks would drain your account without your permission to pay such bills, but ymmv.

  19. Maeg says:

    Unemployed myself, but I could spare five bucks for an ebook at least.  If I dig Stealing the Elf-King’s Roses enough, I’ll look into getting her YA stuff for both myself and my newly-teened daughter.

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