I swear to God I got paid on Friday, so did Dave. So why, this morning, did our bank balance read $89.34? We usually have a cushion of a couple of hundred dollars, so even if our checks hadn’t been automatically deposited, this would still look wrong.
Then, mid-morning, Dave got the call from PayPal. His account had been hacked. His check card had been used to make purchases on gaming Web sites. We were wiped out. Merry F-ing Christmas. (Sorry Dad).
Thankfully, PayPal will be reimbursing us, but they seemed rather vague on the timetable for that. Dave cancelled his check card account and they will issue him a new card in 7-10 business days. My card, with a different number, was unaffected – other than the fact that it now has NO MONEY to back it up.
One thing the PayPal people were clear on – we must change all our passwords on all of our accounts immediately. So I spent a good 15 minutes this morning trying to remember every online purchase I’d ever made, every account I’d ever created (weather.com anybody?) and every email address I have. Oh! I just remembered another one…
I knew this would happen someday. I mean, I’ve been merrily making Internet purchases for at least five years now, with nary a problem. The last two years, almost all of our Christmas shopping was done online. Oh, the convenience! But what do I do now? Do I still buy things online? It’s obviously not SAFE. But my GOD, the MALL at CHRISTMAS TIME? I’m starting to tremble at the thought….
I also feel strangely violated. Like somebody saw me wearing just my panties, in all my flat-chested, flabby assed wonder. And now, they are somewhere in Japan pointing and laughing at me.
I truly believe the Internet is the greatest invention of my lifetime, if for nothing else than for its amazing capacity for bringing people together. I guess in some cases you don’t much like the people you come into contact with in Cyberspace.