Jack gets over the line with time to spare – –
I’m a real curmudgeon right now! Because we moved house we have also changed banks and that meant carefully checking that all automatic payments got changed over. That proved very difficult as some were obvious but many weren’t! Being paranoid about such things I ran both accounts on the overlap and kept checking the old one in case I’d missed anything.
Lo and behold –
We had a problem in the new house with our thermostat so I googled to find advice which took me to a website called ‘Just Answer’. For just five dollars they would fix the problem. They didn’t fix the problem but what they did do was lock me into a monthly twenty-eight-dollar subscription whether I had any other questions or not!
The only reason I discovered Just Answer’s cunning ruse was because I was checking the old account.
Because I was in that mode I asked Wendy about a medical bill we had for six hundred dollars, so she phoned her insurers and found it was a ‘mistake’.
But there’s more – –
Wendy has been selling stuff on E-Bay and was surprised by her latest bill from them. She checked her account and found that if your item doesn’t sell, they automatically re-list it and charge you for both. Worse still they continue re-listing and charging unless you cancel.
I’m still not convinced I’ve caught everything on our old bank account –
Then there’s Verizon, who sent us bills that included third party services we neither needed nor asked for!
There’s some sneaky folk out there that have probably gotten a big bonus for their sneaky ideas, folks. Caveat emptor.
Sometimes, even when you don’t caveat, you still have to emptor!
Yes, that’s why E-Bay demands credit cards…and why I don’t use them.