It does not seem to fail that something happens to compromise my credit card when I am in Florida. That means the hassle of closing it out and then waiting for a new one to arrive. Then there is the hassle of activating a new card from my home phone when I am 1500+ miles away from that phone.
It is a good thing sometimes to be tracked, though, creepy as it is. Someone--more likely a nameless computer program--noticed that a $475 charge for make-up and beauty products popped up on my account. A $47.50 dollar charge might have caused a minor blip, but the larger amount really deserved to set off alarms. I tend to put everything on my charge card, pay it off once a month, and then use my points for something fun or frivolous. Out of all those monthly expenses that go on the card, pretty darn little goes for make-up.
Of course, if the nameless computer had been able to see my damaged face from a month ago, it might not thought anything amiss with my ordering a boatload of make-up/beauty products.
It has gotten much better.
By the way, I don't think badly of my Florida dentist. She has not been the first dentist to suggest that I fix my overbite and raggedy teeth. The dentist who took out my wisdom teeth many years ago proposed surgery that would involve breaking my jaw and resetting it. Invisalign sounds good in comparison. I'm not doing it...didn't have my jaw broken either. But if you happen to be a dental professional, you are going to notice it.
We did have a Homeowners Association meeting two weeks ago here. The guest speaker had all kinds of information on protecting one's self from scams and identity theft. I was afraid to unlock my door and go out for two days, but now I worry that I have been careless with shopping and swiping. It's always something.