Saturday, June 13, 2009

Marriage 101, Lecture 773: Porn and arbitrage

SH: I need to check the FTC website to make sure these checks [that he got as part of some class-action suit that we didn't know about against website owners making unauthorized credit card charges] are legit.

Me: You mean you don't audit your bills?

SH: Well, I would be lying if I said I had never gone to a website that required a credit card [to get on the site].

Me: What kind of sites do that?

SH: Dating. And adult content stuff.

Me: Wait. You went to porn sites?

SH: Me and every other adult American male.

Me: You PAID for porn? When you can see it for free?

SH: Not any more. I have you.

6 comments:

LPC said...

Now THAT is true love.

Elizabeth said...

BTW - was it legit? We got two checks in the mail, and Boy had no idea what is was from. And HE is really anal about checking and cross checking all his accounts. (He plays with Quicken like some men play with their fantasy sports leagues.)

class-factotum said...

Elizabeth, I don't think he's checked them out yet. I have my doubts, as this is supposed to have happened years ago when he was still in California before he met me. How did they get his current address in Milwaukee? I think it's a scam.

I, too, am paranoid about my CC bill, as I have had the imprint stolen twice, once from my work AmEx when I ate at a restaurant across the border from El Paso and then got a call from AmEx a week later when I was in Chile on business with their asking if I had spent $6,000 in west Texas, including a big sum at Rosie's Topless Cantina in Amarillo. I told them that not only was I out of the country, but that I had no need to pay to see naked women as I got enough of that at the gym.

LPC, I would not be very happy to learn that he spent money on porn now that he has me in his life!

Elizabeth said...

Amazingly, it seems to be legit:
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/FTC_v_JK_Publications_received_check

The case IS posted at the FTC site, as well. Just in case, I asked at my bank, and they said they can run the checks through their fraud department just to be sure. If anything hinky shows up, I'll post about it myself.

class-factotum said...

Elizabeth, that's good to know. I write this after having just found a $1,471 charge on my card for a hotel stay in Australia last month.

I was not in Australia last month. It's been 20 years since I have been in Australia and even then, I did not spend that much for the whole trip.

Fortunately, my CC company is very good about things like this (well, this is the second time my USAA personal card has had fraudulent charges, so I am generalizing from two data points), so all I had to do was call and they took it off my bill.

But honestly. These people should be hanged. And I say that as someone who is generally against capital punishment. But when you inconvenience me, I get annoyed.

Elizabeth said...

Heh - same here. There was the time Boy got a 950 dollar charge on his Visa for a Home Depot in Mississippi (we live in Madison). Then there was the 2000 taken out of his account by a PayPal user. That was another awesome time.