The mysteries of how credit card fraud divisions actually work

I am without a credit card in the US which is very scary since it’s the only way for me to pay for anything here until I move it to my US bank account. Standard Bank has stopped my card (or have they?) because Mastercard said that it has been “compromised”. I’m documenting the comedy of errors as it happens below:

Day 1. 5am, 13 August: My mom calls me to say that the bank had gotten hold of a friend from work to say that they were stopping my card. The fraud division had stopped my card twice in the past month to “check” whether I’d made purchases online or not. I was traveling when this happened and luckily was able to draw cash. I had called them and told them that Continue reading “The mysteries of how credit card fraud divisions actually work”