Friday’s are for…?

I don’t even know where to start.

Wilson was elated to see all of us show up at the hospital this afternoon. He’s a bit of a handy-man by nature. Even at 85 years old he is still someone who made his own repairs to his home and changed the oil in his vehicle on his own, things like that. So, instead of bringing him flowers today, the neighbourhood all went to the hardware store and each bought him a tiny tool to sit on his windowsill in his hospital room. Kind of like… a little touch of him can be there since he’s not allowed to go home.

I truly think he was shocked as heck to see so many people today. But I’m taking that as a good sign. I think in times like these, the best things you can give someone is a smile, and this neighbourhood definitely did that for him today.

If you believe in it, send some positive juju to the universe for Wilson. He’s going to need it in the coming weeks. Today his son told us the doctor’s said it could be a few days, it could be a few weeks, they’re not sure how long he’s got left. The son says once he gets permission to he’s going to take Wilson home to his house (the son) to look after him in his final days. So send some positive juju for the son, too. I can’t imagine that’s easy to deal with.

In another update, I spent two hours on hold this morning to deal with the bank and PayPal to get my credit card sorted out.

PayPal has agreed with me that the transfers appear to be fully fraudulent and they said they will be refunding me within 7-10 business days.

My credit card has been cancelled (as a safety precaution) to ensure that no more charges are made to the card now that the information could possibly be compromised. The bank has told me that I should receive a new card within 7-10 business days.

The stupid part of all of this is that I haven’t even made a purchase on PayPal since 2015. And I’ve only ever made one purchase on PayPal. I’d forgotten all about any existing account with them due to lack of using it. I didn’t need the account so I forgot all about it. The whole situation is all too frustrating. I’ve been trying so hard to be good and not purchase unnecessary things and save my money and then someone goes and steals it. Well, I’m presuming it’s someone at this point.

I have to keep my PayPal account long enough for them to refund me. After that, I’m deleting it and never dealing with PayPal again.

My lesson in this? Don’t have leave your credit card information on sites you don’t use, or sites at all, really. It’s not that hard to rewrite your credit card number each time you purchase something online.

Also, sign up for text alerts from your bank. If they hadn’t texted me this morning notifying me of ‘Suspicious Purchases’ on my card, I wouldn’t have known for a while. I maybe check my bank balances once a week, if that. I don’t know how I signed up for text alerts from my bank, I don’t remember ever doing it. Let me tell you though, I am damn sure glad I had them today.

20 thoughts on “Friday’s are for…?

    1. Thank You ❤ I'm glad Wilson was happy today and I'm thankful that I'm going to get my money back. Today started out shitty, but it's turned around.

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  1. There are a lot of phishing campaigns live around the internet currently involving PayPal. I use PayPal myself but I have three security checks in place including 2FA on everything I use. One of the easiest targets for malicious parties is to target accounts people have forgotten about. If you use the same password on your PayPal account anywhere else, please make sure you change it ASAP. If someone has gained access to your PayPal account with that password, they will most likely try everything else in the hope of locating other online services you may have used with the same password. And always use 2FA if you don’t already. Having a strong password and a different password for online activity is the best way to combat this type of thing but these days, it’s just not enough. I use a password manager for everything and never use the same password twice. I’ve been a victim of fraudulent credit card use also but that wasn’t even accessed online, it was by a person in one of the shops I frequented using my credentials (this person no longer works there). There are people everywhere waiting for you to innocently slip up and exploit that situation. I am really glad you sorted things out with your bank 🙂

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    1. You’re absolutely correct, there are a lot of people out there who are more than willing to take advantage of the unsuspecting. I’ve been changing my passwords today and my ability to get into different accounts. Thank you for your advice both here and earlier today.

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  2. Sending positive vibes to Wilson and of course, you.
    I can imagine he and his son enjoyed the visit and was sincerely touched by the goodwill.

    I am terribly sorry to hear of the PayPal and credit card issues. It truly is a terrible experience, and very happy it is resolved. Please do try and take good care of “you” this weekend.

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  3. Glad you got your credit card sorted out!! Sounds like you had a very eventful day. I bet that Wilson was really happy to see you and every kind soul who came to visit him. Something so simple as a visit can really make someone’s day a lot brighter! ✨

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    1. Yes, it definitely can. And he’s a sweet soul so he deserves a brighter day. Hope your week picked up too. It’s been pretty shitty all around. haha. I can laugh about it now because… seriously!

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    1. Good! Hopefully with all your old accounts you don’t use anymore, you might as well delete them so that you don’t ever have to run the risk of it happening to you! Smart move.

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  4. Glad to hear you got it sorted out. It is my wakeup-call to be extra careful when spending any kind of money online. And to remember to clean up old unused accounts in time.

    A visit as beautiful as this is always wonderful juju. Please send Wilson some positive energy and healing, dear Universe, so mote it be.

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  5. While I love the convenience of having my credit card information stored on the sites I frequent, in this day and age of data breaches I’ve gotten in the habit of just entering it all manually each time.
    I also used to be in the bad habit of using the same login credentials for multiple sites… Until I started getting spam emails from that listed several of the common passwords I had been using between sites.
    If you’ve used the same email for a long time, I suggest you take a look at https://haveibeenpwned.com/ and see who hasn’t been securing your data as well as they should have.

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    1. I heard about have I been pwned last year but the guy who was teaching us internet security said it’s a catch 22 because someone could be very well using that site to collect information. Then I got scared to try it.

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