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We use our airline-miles credit card for everything. Not just the big purchases but the miniscule things, too. Believe me it all adds up. This year we earned enough miles for both of us to fly round trip to Montreal, Canada, and to Sydney, Australia.
A few months ago, while we were traveling in Canada, we received a phone message from a savvy employee of Birkenstock. She was calling to make sure we weren’t trying to order 60 pairs of shoes. I have nothing against comfortable shoes, but no, I don’t need 60 pairs of them. She suspected as much.
She had called the number on the Internet order and talked to someone that said he was Doug. “Doug” assured her that he did indeed want 60 pairs of shoes. He said he had a lot of friends. Apparently they all lived in Virginia Beach. She didn’t buy it, cancelled the order, and found our number in the yellow pages. Our generous fraudster also ordered two thousand dollars worth of cigarette papers. It’s easy to be generous when you are high and using someone else’s credit card I guess.
Over the years, our credit card issuer has caught and alerted us to plenty of fraudulent charges. The last one was a series of 99 cent charges to iTunes. The $.99 they catch, but ten grand in shoes and cigarette papers they don’t? Oh well, they did reverse all the fraudulent charges, cancel our card, and get us a new one—in Montreal, the very next day.
Since that time, we have now set up email alerts on our card. Every time a charge is made over a certain dollar amount, we receive an email. Sure, it generates a lot of email, but at least I know that the next time a popular criminal gets ahold of our credit card number, I’m not clothing all of his friends.
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