Credit Card Fraud

<p>Yesterday I looked over my credit card, and noticed a charge I didn't recognize. A few phone calls later and it turned out someone had been using my card to buy wireless time in Toronto. </p> <p>One of the merchants (who will rename nameless) erred somewhat in giving me the details of the purchaser &mdash; probably a violation of their privacy policy, notwithstanding the fraud &mdash; which included a phone number one digit off from mine (the phone is currently off), an email address @live.com, and an address that turns out to be a bike shop in Toronto. </p> <p>Visa was prompt and effective, even promising to investigate the oldest fraudulent charge which was over three months ago. I'm surprised that they got away with it; it seems like the fact that they used a name, email and phone number that weren't mine would enable Visa to shut down that purchase, if the merchants were sharing that information. </p> <p>The whole thing reminded me of this YouTube clip:</p> <p><object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/CS9ptA3Ya9E&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xcfcfcf&hl=en&fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/CS9ptA3Ya9E&color1=0xb1b1b1&color2=0xcfcfcf&hl=en&fs=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344"></embed></object></p> <p></p>
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