Chores on my list today include renewing my domain name at GoDaddy and renewing the Business Plan I have with WordPress.
The GoDaddy charge went through but the WordPress one, for $299, said DECLINED!
I tried a second time and again, declined. Within thirty seconds of that attempted credit card action, Citibank Early Fraud Detection called me, asking me to verify the most recent charge.
What I should have figured out is on Black Friday when credit cards are being used every second, a transaction to an internet provider might look suspicious. I guess Citibank agreed.
I approved the transaction. Citibank said thanks, all is good. I can resume my chore list.
I’m always happy for early fraud detection but it did put a slight crimp in the speed of tackling my chore list.
I was actually surprised it didn’t happen last weekend when up near Cairo NY, I let my son use my Visa card to fill his truck at a hole in the wall station. As a matter of fact, I even said to him, it’ll probably be refused. It was not. Maybe Visa doesn’t have as sophisticated software to detect fraud but usually gas stations are high fraud use destinations and Visa knows I have never bought gasoline in upstate. Maybe Visa and MC use an amount that triggers the fraud alert rather than the end user. In the case of WordPress today, I think it was both.
Is it time for the first hot turkey sandwich yet???