Several months ago my wallet was stolen at a club. I went to my friend's house, made flying devil oil out of cooking oil and red pepper flakes for pizza, and targeted 'the person who stole my wallet' (I don't remember the exact phrasing, but that was about right.)
About 90 minutes later, we got a call - the bartender who denied having my wallet apparently had it stashed in his work station and forgot about it when four or five people came around to ask. Apparently he had a change of heart and gave it to the owner.
I didn't know who took it, or their names. Didn't stop me from going after the person - perhaps it was only a coincidence that the guy decided to admit he had the wallet, and my delicious pizza oil didn't have anything to do with it.
In the end, I wasn't seeking justice - I was trying to make the thief burn with guilt until the situation got too hot and he turned himself in.
That being said, people on this website have been able to ascertain astoundingly accurate information about me without my name, photo, or date of birth. I do not believe this information is always necessary to identify, find, or target someone.
I think I generally agree with Gyreleaf, and I would approach this situation in the same way that he would.
I also appreciate MonSno's thoughts on accidentally winging innocent people with your revenge spell. Did I accidentally hit innocent people with my on-the-fly hex? I don't know, but at the time that was something I was willing to take responsibility for. I was seeking to get my wallet back, an hour of guilty feelings for a few random people is worth that to me. If I already got my wallet back, and I thought the guy should burn a little more - I would not be willing to sacrifice more random people just to get revenge.
On the other hand, if I was really pissed off I may try a blind curse without a lot of worry about who might be in harm's way. That's really just up to personal ethics.
At the same time, I would take defensive steps to ensure it doesn't happen again. Three breaches in three years is a lot higher than normal - there has to be dirty stores where you are swiping your card, online or offline. The prepaid card idea may work very nicely to help reduce losses in the future.
Yes, I'm willing to take responsibility when I throw a curse out there, I totally agree with that. I'm being very careful to word it so that I don't unintentionally get innocent people, like the people working retail who didn't know the card was stolen. The wording might be "the person that intentionally stole my credit card".
I like the flying devil oil idea...that's awesome. I have some cayenne pepper, it's definitely an idea. I wish I had ghost peppers. Those are so hot that they are used in India to repel elephants. But then again, I'd have to wear gloves and safety glasses to handle them.
We buy at reputable places, and use PayPal whenever possible. I don't leave my wallet unattended, and it stays locked up at work. For all I know it could have happened at a restaurant. Although, I got a letter about the Target breach last year, and the cc company said they were aware, etc. I'm liking the prepaid card for online purchases, and considering paying for more stuff in cash.
I made up a batch of protection oil a while back...I can use it to ward my finances.