Monday, November 10, 2014
The joys of dealing with credit card fraud
On Sunday I got a call from a credit card service company I'd never heard of, asking whether I'd bought tickets to an ice hockey game for several hundred dollars - in Canada! Of course, I said "No", and they then advised me to call my card issuer. The latter confirmed three transactions that weren't mine, and has canceled the primary credit card used by my wife and myself. New cards with a new account number are on the way to us.
That means that instead of writing, I've been busy all morning changing all the automatic payments that debited each month off the old credit card, making manual payments to 'catch up' while vendors' systems adjust to the new account information, and generally trying to rearrange our financial lives at the shortest possible notice. To say it's been frustrating would be both an understatement and a euphemism!
What's a suitable punishment for credit card fraudsters? Slow-boiling them in oil seems a little too merciful at this point . . .