I have some accounts I balance every day. Only a few, but they get used so I balance them daily. Waiting 30 days for a new statement is unwise these days.
We have a family debit card. I checked that account, and Lo! There were a lot of charges on it down in Florida. The problem is, we don't have any family members in Florida just now.
Called the bank. Our bank operates in three states. It's a big company. I could not get through. Tried and tried, finally got a person in the fraud department. She was having a bad day. I was not the only one who got an unpleasant surprise this morning in that respect. Apparently, someone or a group of someones got the debit card info on many, many customers of my bank in all three states and started buying things. In my case, they bought a hundred dollars worth of beauty products, then some things at different Walmart's around Ocala.
So, we cancelled that card, and tomorrow I have to go to the bank and fill out some forms to get my money back. Fortunately for me, since we only keep a minimum in that account, they didn't get a whole lot. The lady I was talking to on the phone told me a lot of people got zapped for thousands of dollars, including one person who lost nine thousand. Of course, they will get it back, but it will not be a Merry Christmas for those who had their only account drained. They won't get their money back for "three to four working days" after they come in and file their paper work.
Now I know some people will say that their bank would catch that kind of thing and nip it in the bud. Mine was supposed to, but didn't. I wouldn't count on the bank stopping anyone from pilfering your account, even though you do get your money back in the end.
|Don't worry. The banks got you covered!|
Why, I wonder, are there so many people out there who are low life scum? Watching the Atlanta News, stealing packages off people's front door steps is another big Christmas activity down there.
|And they look like such nice young fellows! (Not)|
Last night we had a big storm, heavy rain and wind all night. Today was warm, but overcast and wet. Outside temperature here, just after midnight, is 58 degrees outside. I've been up here more than thirty years, and have never see a winter like this one. There isn't any winter. If this keeps up, we'll have a bumper crop of snakes and insects come Spring.
The kids will be here Christmas Day. We need to get them new glasses while they are here, their Jeep is going into the shop for some minor body work, a new front windshield (it's cracking), and four new tires. My daughter needs to renew her drivers license. They will be here six days, and I think those will be busy one's. It will be good to see them again, and I hope they bring me the new ferrets.
|Mine probably won't have wings but you never know who will turn up at a Ferret Rescue.|
I have a roaring headache, which is why I am up tonight. It's the weather. These different density air masses going overhead are one of the detrimental aspects of living here. You take the good with the bad.
Two more days to Christmas. I hope this coming year is better , on all fronts, than 2015 was.