I rarely check our on-line banking account. I get an alert each day about what our balance is. If there is a big discrepancy, I check it out. Otherwise, I don't get on unless I am looking for a check to clear or trying to find a transaction.
Today I just felt the urge to check on a check we had written. I was curious if it had cleared or not.
So I signed into my online banking.
My first concern was that it asked me about getting alerts, then had a message that my alerts were disabled. Hmmm...how would that happen?
When i saw the current transactions, I had more concerns. I started seeing all of these small transactions for places I was pretty sure we hadn't gone. When I googled one such place, I found out that it was based in South Africa.
Of course, my dear hubby wasn't home. He was coaching basketball for Lauren. So I couldn't double check with him.
I just had to sit and wait.
That was hard. Especially when I saw one of the "suspicious" transactions process in front of my eyes.
As soon as I could, I spoke with Mark. I found out what transactions were his for the day, and which ones weren't. Like the Ritz-Carlton. And a movie theater in South Africa.
Armed with my information, I called the bank. I had to "hold" for a really long time but finally we had a hold put on the account. And we will receive reimbursements.
Still, as much of a pain as it was (and it was), I am thankful.
Thankful for those gut feelings that nudge me to do things like check a bank account.
Thankful that not much spending was done.
Thankful that as of now, it seems to be fixed.
PS I started another blog (because having one isn't enough :) about my experiment reading through the Bible...don't feel obligated to read it but just know it is there if you want to!