Friday, October 14, 2005

Digital THIS

I have a credit card I use exclusively for internet purchases, because it's from the same bank where I have my checking account (any guesses? Bueller?) -- so, when I download my checking account transactions, it automatically picks up anything newly billed to the credit card. Online banking, hooked to Microsoft Money, is wonderful for anal retentive people like me.

The other day I got this from Amazon because I have made a number of necklaces and bracelets now, and they're all over the place, so it seemed like a good deal. I was pretty happy about finding something that wasn't acrylic or just plain ugly.

Until I downloaded my recent activity, and saw that in addition to being billed by Amazon, I got hit by "Digital Age 888-529-98 Cyprus " for $24.99

I asked Mr. C if he has bought anything online recently, because he knows the drill - this is the only card we use. And, y'all probably don't know this, but I'm going to be 40 soon, so he might be shopping for me, KWIM?

Turns out (after one quick Google search on the phone number) that apparently this is a bogus charge that is somehow made possible by the brilliant IT department at Amazon. Hey you guys, secure your effing servers. I have disputed the charge and asked for a new account number. Yippy skippy.

4 comments:

The real me said...

Identity theft?
You hear about it, but don't think it can happen to you...


So, when's your b-day?

Steven said...

Hey next time you think about buying from Amazon you should use the link I put on my blog. Alas I'm a poor college student and Amazon will pay me 5% of the cost of the item that someone buys after clicking on the link.

Carly said...

My birthday is 11/9... and Steve, I'd rather send you $5 bucks now and then, than get a new credit card...

Brian Morris said...

Before you blame Amazon, you should read www.digitalagefraud.com -- it has lots of thinks to read that will prove that Amazon isn't the culprit. Many people have never used their card online before and got hit with Digital Age Cyprus.