... a fine author of a number of books I have read (ranging from YA fantasy to Star Trek tie-ins), whose bank account was just emptied by persons unknown.
What you can do you will see at that link, but I'll repeat the vital info here for convenience:
"The bank will cover this expense when its fraud department has digested all the details. But meanwhile, the household is skint. So: if you feel inclined to spit in the eye of the nameless rogue(s) who’ve briefly ruined the domestic tranquility around here, I invite you you to go over to the Ebooks Direct store and buy something using the discount code DDGOTSKIMMED, which will give you 20% off whatever you buy."
So buy some neat eBooks and help someone out of a little crisis (the bank will eventually cover the loss).