Today while I was going in for a lunch meeting, I got several sudden text alerts from my bank that my credit card had been used for transactions. They always send me an alert. BUt here I had not authorised any and there were several in a row, one after the other, same merchant, same amount, $44. And oh, BTW, my limit is nearing its end, so would I be a dear and take care not to go over.
I excused myself and called the helpline and eventually found an actual human to talk too. She said that in addition to the alerts I had received, there had been several other requests which had been declined. And yes, the limit the text message said I had is about the limit I have left, so it’s not a message error. Apparently, the software thought it was suspicious that the same merchant charged the same amount a few dozen times in a few minutes and declined the later requests. Really? Could you not have had the idea before my card was charged a huge amount and came near its limit?
She said I should have it blocked. No shit! I did. Do I want to dispute the charges? You mean the multiple near hysterical shouts of “I did not make these transactions!” did not give her some indication? Please send us a written letter. Not a email, or over the phone. A written letter, detailing the issue. WTF? Did so.
I also sent several stinkers to the merchant. They replied, rather miffed, no they had not charged anything to me. Its a reputable, Silicon Valley-based startup, not a Nigerian scam, so I mean should not be them…right? Bank says maybe I should not use inline transactions?
Some good news. This months closing was last Sunday, so its not in the next bill at least. They also said they have deducted the amount charged from my credit limit, but the transactions has not been entered into the next month’s pre-bill. So, has it been charged or not? Should I officially dispute it or not, until I get the bill? Moot point to an extent since the card is blocked and I don’t get a new one for 7-10 days.
I rarely use cash. Most of my spending is credit card or NFC. A lot of stuff is paid online through rolling monthly or weekly charges, and its going to be a pain to have to authorise every online payment in advance. Like Netflix, PrimeVideo, my internet, LTE, utility bills.