Tuesday, August 21, 2007

When It Rains It Pours

I still haven't gotten off the rollercoaster. I am really dizzy too.

Today was just an extension of yesterday. Here is what happened. I was in charge of running a big workshop today in front of 30 supervisors. It was an all day event. I coordinated everything. I was in charge.

Until lunchtime when I was taking a break and for some odd reason I went online to check my banking account status. As I clicked away things started going from good to bad to worse. When I checked account balance and saw the numbers $0.00 I knew something was not good. Trying not to panic I starting clicking away and went into the acccount. I saw that someone wrote a check for almost the full amount of the remaining balance of my account. I clicked onto the check (my bank allows you to see a scanned copy of the written check) and saw that someone defrauded a check of mine. A couple of checks were stolen from my car. They forged my signature and wrote a check for a very large sum of money.

Remember that I am supposed to be running this workshop and the break time is almost over. I am stuck in the middle of what could potentially be a huge financial crisis for myself and a good career move for me. I didn't know what to do so I run out of the meeting room and grab a nearby phone and call Greg. I tell him what it appears happened and I email him a screenprint of the check. I tell him to get in the car and drive to the bank right away and see what happened.

I went back to the workshop and put on the best acting job I could. I tried not to look panicked. I smiled a lot and cracked a few jokes. I listened to the supervisors talk and I even took some notes. I introduced some guest speakers too. All while in a deep state of panic deep inside.

The workshop ended and I checked my cell phone that was put on silent. A missed call from Greg. Oh Dear God...what did he find out? I called him back after I practically shoo-ed everyone to leave. I hope they didn't think I was rude for not staying to linger.

Greg was at the bank and telling me step by step of what we are going to do. First, get a police report. Done. Second, go by the bank tomorrow where there will be forms waiting for us to sign. Third, it will take 5-7 days for the bank to redeposit the money back into our account. Fourth, the bank will go after the people to recover their money. Fifth, if the police find the people we have elected to press charges.

All in all it was a pretty light day. How was your day?


Write From Karen said...

OMG. I would have totally freaked out. You poor thing! Kudos to you for keeping your cool. I'm quite sure I wouldn't have been as good of an actress.

Geez, I hope they find these losers. Good luck!

****Veteran Military Wife**** said...

Wow, a reminder for the rest of us...in today's world of online banking, it really pays to check your account every few days! There's no excuse not too (and your checks don't have to be stolen for this to happen to you)...stay vigilant!

Corey~living and loving said...

oh how horrible. That just reminded me NOT to check my account in the middle of the training I am doing for 100 people next week. I simply could not keep my brain on task if I had that huge worry going on. eeekkkk!

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