Wednesday, June 1, 2016
This is really getting old.
I got up this morning and as I usually do, I watched the news and weather while I drank my coffee. Then I picked up my Kindle to check my emails.
There were a good number of emails from Amazon Kindle, telling me they had cancelled my magazine subscriptions per my instructions. The only problem was, I didn't cancel any of my magazines.
I used the help function to contact them. If you call early in the morning, eastern time, you get people who live in the Caribbean. Why this should be, I don't know, but it's so. The first person I got was a young woman with a thick Jamaican accent. She told me I cancelled the magazines. I said "no, I didn't". She said "well, a family member did." I asked her who. She couldn't tell me. Then she did the "Kindle Help Desk dump you shuffle". If they ever tell you to hold down the power button to "refresh" the screen, it will certainly do that but it will also break the connection. That's how they get rid of people they don't want to mess with. I told her if I did that, I'd lose her. She said I wouldn't. I was ready to lose her, so I did hold down the power button and sure enough, it broke the connection.
I called back. I got a young man with a dot on the face Indian accent. I couldn't understand him at all. He couldn't understand me. We tried to talk for a few minutes, couldn't, he asked me if he had resolved all my issues and I told him "no, but thanks for trying" and I broke the connection.
I went in and started new subscriptions on the magazines. Problem is, it amounted to about $300 worth of subscriptions, most of which I had just paid in full. Now I have to get my money back from Amazon. I also had to go in and do all this "jerk around" data entry in my financial management program.
This on top of my credit card being compromised (both times by someone in Arizona) twice in the last three months.
I am pretty sure whoever did this with my magazines subscriptions was just being malicious, since they didn't profit it by it.
On top of everything else, my real name and email address were recently compromised on a blog I go by sometimes. Although I filled out a comment using my "Harry Flashman" moniker, and my harryflashman email address and blog url, the comment posted using my real name. I have no idea how in the world that happened. I don't know if the blogger is using some program that is capable of linking to the primary account of a gmail account through a secondary account. I don't know if he did it, or it just happened somehow. I am at a loss to explain it in any way. But that's dangerous from my perspective. I sure won't be going back by there, that's for certain.
I also saw a post by another blogger , whom I read almost ever day. He is a very reputable person. Some one in one of his circles found a way to access his other circle members and started sending out vulgar messages to them, using his email, and with a vulgar picture attached.
This happened to my brother T a few years ago. Everybody in his email account got hideously perverted messages which appeared to have originated with him.
I'm about to the point where I wonder whether fooling around with credit cards ,et al is even worth doing.