Argh! I’ve been screwed in France of all places.
I’m good at security. I shred all documents that have anything on them. I review my statements. I only have 2 credit cards. I use PayPal online whenever possible. I don’t do fly by night transactions and whenever possible I use Discover Card. But when they don’t take discover I use my debit card.
However, I am not very good at checking my accounts. I will look once during the month and then go over my actual statements at the end of the month. But today I happened to check and see if a deposit at an ATM had been posted, and I see strange POS transactions pending on my debit card. A quick call to Kelli and she had no idea either. All today:
MES L3 ADUP $17.04
France Telecom $23.40
Rel. CEDRE $41.15
PROD REG FRANCE $165.83
RELAIS H $54.66
RELAIS H $35.78
RELAIS H $38.39
. . .
and so on. I’m not in France. I have an ATT phone. I don’t know what that other crap is!
I called my bank and asked them what was going on . The point of sale for all that was FRANCE. Again, I’m not in France. They canceled my card immediately. But, here is what’s strange, even though they are “pending” and I still have my money – they have it frozen and are obligated to release it! It’s my money!!! Screw that. I have to wait and “contest” the charges once they actual post and they take my damn money. The worst part is the bastard was spending Euros and I have to suffer not only a poor exchange rate, but cover the conversaion charges. DEATH. The lady on the phone said it should not be an issue contesting this and I had her put a note in saying I caught it INSTANTLY, even as charges were being made.
The last charge on that card was on a government website. Before that it goes way back, so who knows.
On a happier note I got tickets to Phantom of the Opera today (on a different card).
Also, as a point of clarification: my no fast food pledge does not mean “eat healthy,” just no fast good. Arby’s, BK, McDonalds and the like.
Too irritated to really post anything else. Stupid Frenchmen.