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Unusual spending on your account: $605,000 for coffee with Apple's CEO

April 29, 2013: 12:54 PM ET

Last week's high bid for a charity coffee with Tim Cook was made on a stolen credit card.

Screen Shot 2013-04-29 at 12.44.21 PMFORTUNE -- You know you're spending too much time tracking a charity auction -- in this case for the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights -- when a $5,000 drop in price feels like big news.

But there I was Monday morning asking the spokesperson for Charitybuzz, which is running the RFK Center's 2013 fundraiser, why the top bid for a chance to have coffee with Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook had fallen from $605,000 Friday night to $600,000 Monday morning.

The answer, it turns out, is that the $605,000 bid was made on a stolen credit card.

That must have been a rude surprise for the card holder.

See also: Which is worth more, coffee w/Tim Cook or a Lamborghini?

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Philip Elmer-DeWitt has been following Apple since 1982, first for Time Magazine, and now on the Web for Fortune.com.

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