February 2nd, 2010

Bloody Annoying

Last week I got a call from the credit card fraud department at Chase. They seem to call me about every other month with some seemingly-suspicious transaction, and every time they do I know exactly what the transaction is. When they called we went through the drill as usual.

"A charge of $X from Borrow Lenses?" Legit.

"$X from Google AdWords?" Legit.

"$6 from QuickPPCAds.com, yesterday?" No, I've never heard of them.

"$20 from (something) botannicals dot com, yesterday?" No. Not me.

Fuck me running. Of course it has to be the card that has about a zillion things auto-billed to it. And of course it happens a week before I leave town, and to the credit card that I used to book the trip. They closed the account and are setting up a new one and sending me a new card, per the usual drill. The really annoying thing is that the minute the account is closed it's no longer accessible online, so I can't look at the statement and see if anything else is fishy, nor can I get an old statement to look for auto-billing that I have to change.

It's all survivable, though it's a hassle. The worst part is that the scumbags seem to have done this to me for $26. C'mon guys. If you're going to make me jump through hoops, at least make a good effort.

Charities and mailing lists

Why is it that donating money to a charity inevitably causes you to wind up on their mailing list for the rest of your life? And more importantly, is there any way to avoid it?

If I give money to a charity, I want them to use it for charitable purposes. I swear that there are charities out there that have spent more money sending me solicitations than I have ever given them, and that depresses me. Yes, I know that charities get a lot of money from these solicitations, but not from me-- I always throw them away unopened. And yet I've never found a way to make a donation without winding up on mailing lists.

Why does this suck so much?