Happy Friday. Today is Meego's last day of school. He has final exams in math and English. Gone are the elementary school days of end-of-year parties.
I was thinking about that this morning because I remembered how the end of the year used to sort of sneak up on me. *BAM!* it would be here, and I'd be scrambling to get gifts for teachers and get snacks for the parties. No such things in high school *sigh of relief*
A couple of days ago, Meego asked if he could buy a game online. He typically purchases computer games from Steam. I let him use our credit card, then he pays me. So he asked to buy one and I said okay.
A few minutes later, he says to me from the other room, "I put the information in, now it's asking me for a bunch of other information, so maybe you should come check."
"It's asking for the last 4 digits of your social security number..."
HOLD THE PHONE!
He'd gone to a different site, on the advice of a friend, to try to get a better price. Needless to say, we stopped that transaction. Shortly afterwards, Magnum and I both got calls from the fraud alert department at our credit card company.
I spoke with someone I could barely understand, but I'm pretty sure, in the end, it all got straightened out. Apparently, that particular site is a known danger, so I told Meego he was right to be suspicious and stop the purchase. He said his friend purchased from them, however...
It was a good lesson for him, but our credit card was sacrificed in the process. I'm awaiting the new ones which should arrive in "fi to sebben beez kneez dis", which I think translates to about a week. But I could be wrong.
Despite the communication troubles, I do appreciate these fraud alert departments. We've dealt with them a few times in the past - sometimes to verify legitimate purchases, and a few times to catch some bad guys. And it so happens that this is the only credit card we use, so in the meantime, I'm credit-card-less.
So as I patiently await the arrival of the new cards - which may or may not be chip-and-pin. My translation powers had been exhausted by that point - I'm trying to not buy anything while catching up on some projects around the house.
Yesterday, I was in the back yard, where we do nothing to control the dandelions other than mow them down when they get too tall. Napolion was out there enjoying our bumper crop of dandelions while scoping out the bumper crop of baby bunnies. I wish bunnies ate dandelions.
|Kitty in the... erm... "garden"|