next thing about “things”

Well, today we discovered that someone has stolen our credit card number. We’ve taken the proper steps and expect that the problem is solved. Credit card theft is a compelling reason to keep good financial records, including reconciling monthly credit card statements.

I wonder how this fits into “giving generously.” And as e spoke on a few weeks ago is this an “enemy” that I need to love? Should I be giving help to

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6 Comments on "next thing about “things”"

  1. jess
    29/05/2008 at 1:02 pm Permalink

    wow… sorry to hear that! can they track down the person through their email?

  2. k
    29/05/2008 at 2:28 pm Permalink

    Jess, I don’t know if they can track this person down. I contacted the credit card issuer and they pretty much handle it all, including paying for the fraudulent charges.

  3. Steve
    29/05/2008 at 5:44 pm Permalink

    This happened to me. I got his name, address, and other info and happened to be in that neighborhood in Connecticut. I was almost tempted to pay a visit and introduce myself as his benefactor. “Hello. I hope you’ve enjoyed your groceries from Shaw’s as well as the HP Laptop you bought for yourself and any other items you may have purchased recently. My name is Steve.” I did not, however. That was a huge inconvenience though. I had to file police reports, fill out credit card company forms, and basically did this for about 4 months. I’m glad they’re taking care of everything for you.

  4. k
    29/05/2008 at 9:09 pm Permalink

    Steve, the charges made on were small. My guess is that the person either was testing or wasn’t experienced. We got a mysterious package today and were able to go from there.

  5. emily
    30/05/2008 at 2:09 am Permalink

    I think this may be my first comment! (I guess I am a lurker, encouraged to reveal myself through your recent “comments?” post…) How did you learn how to keep good financial records? It’s something that I’d like to try to do, but it’s hard to figure out where to get started! oops… I’m turning this in the direction of Advice Column again.. =)

  6. k
    30/05/2008 at 10:30 am Permalink

    Emily, my system has two main parts: (1) my computer accounting where I record my transactions and (2) my filing cabinet where I keep the papers. Probably the most difficult part is thinking through how you want to organize all the information and the rest of it just takes some time to implement the plan. Computer programs like Quicken make the electronic part simple. As for the filing system–well, you can come take a peek at my filing cabinet the next time you’re over.

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