I received an automated call from my bank (a credit union).
It was the Credit Card Fraud Dectection Unit asking me to verify a transaction for $1.00 at a gas station on September 22nd.
I had no idea what date it was (turns out—it was earlier today) and I did hit a gas station earlier this week.
But gas isn't 7¢/gallon
(I mean, I do live in Boca)
so I knew it wasn't me.
I declined that transaction and was then informed I should call and talk to a representative to resolve the issue.
It turned out there were two transactions today—the one for $1.00 at a Sunshine gas station in Miami,
and a second transaction for $0.00
(the representative called it “an authorization for billing”)
at a Citgo gas station in Houston, Texas!
Oh my …
A new card is on the way,
I find myself a bit uneasy.
It's wonderful that my credit union is looking out for fraudulent use of my card,
but … it's another set of computers watching over me.
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