December 17, 2013
Long time ago I saw a movie on TV called Harry in your pocket which was about a group of pick-pockets. It wasn't bad; it starred James Coburn, for one thing.
I was reminded of that the last few days. Paypal had my credit card info, I think because I used it years ago to buy a $5 membership on Metafilter. That credit card got cancelled a couple of years ago, but of course they didn't know it. Anyway, it's now past the normal expiration date for it, and three times in the last few days Paypal had helpfully send me email informing me of it and urging me to get onto their web site to give them my new credit card.
Which, of course, I'm ignoring. I don't want them to have my credit card info; I've always felt really hinky about them having it, and that's why I didn't update when my new credit card was issued to me two years ago.
It's actually a bit scary how many companies out there have retained my card info: Safeway (which I use about weekly), NewEgg, RACS, DLSite... if any of them ever has a database breach (which has been known to occur) it would be a problem. I certainly don't need to make it worse by giving my card info to people who don't need it. I never use Paypal these days and I never will again.
I wonder how many more times they'll nag me.
But yes, it's ridiculous how many sites do keep a database of that sort of thing.
And PayPal wanting a bank account (actual money, rather than credit) for "verification" is the worst one. So I gave them a savings account that contains the minimum deposit ($5, in my case) to keep it open. I guess it's probably closing in on $6 after all these years of interest, but still not a great loss if they steal it all.
Posted by: Mikeski at December 17, 2013 09:52 AM (Zlc1W)
You haven't been earning any interest. I have a bank account with about $80K in it, and it earns less than $2 per month. The Fed has been holding interest rates at zero ever since the beginning of the Great Recession, in hopes of stimulating growth and avoiding deflation.
I think you're right about RACS; I remembered wrong.
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 17, 2013 11:00 AM (+rSRq)
It WAS a chore switching over all the places that had access to my accounts. I try harder to keep tabs on them all now.
Posted by: Mauser at December 18, 2013 03:08 AM (TJ7ih)
Posted by: muon at December 18, 2013 03:54 AM (jFJid)
It's required now to create a new account.
Posted by: Mark A. Flacy at December 18, 2013 06:10 PM (OULDq)
Posted by: Bob (aka Robert) at December 20, 2013 12:12 AM (WVxh1)
Posted by: muon at December 22, 2013 11:13 PM (jFJid)
Posted by: Bob (aka Robert) at December 23, 2013 01:12 AM (GxqhX)
Enclose all spoilers in spoiler tags:
[spoiler]your spoiler here[/spoiler]
Spoilers which are not properly tagged will be ruthlessly deleted on sight.
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