We’re always reading about the dangers of putting your credit card details online. I think I have enough internet smarts about me to know what’s fake and what’s not - I’m not likely to be giving my personal details out to any Nigerian princes anyway.
However today is the day I became a statistic of internet crime.
Some bastardian has somehow got hold of my card details and taken slightly under a thousand pound from my bank account.
A phone call to my local bank (after being redirected half way around the world to an Indian call centre), I’m told that there are 2 different transactions on Friday; one on an Austrian betting site (£500) and another on a clothes store (£485). Brilliant! I’ve got to call back tomorrow when the fraud department is open so they can investimigate – but I’ve been told to not worry and they’ve put a block on my card.
Remarkably, I’m not worried. I’m just glad I found it now, rather than when I’m at a shop till with a bright red embarrassed face, when my card gets rejected for having no money in my account.
I’m not sure how these things work, but as long as I get my money back within a couple of days (or they cover my direct debits coming out on the 1st) I’ll be ok with that. However, there’s a little voice in the back of my head telling me it’s not going to be that straight forward.