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6:58pm on Wednesday, 9th November, 2011:

Acronym Failure


I don't generally use credit cards, but they give you protection for buying stuff online so a couple of years ago I decided to get one. I determined to choose the first one that I was offered, which turned out to be American Express. Little did I know that it isn't actually accepted in many places, but hey, it doesn't cost anything except for the contract you sign that appears to give them the right to stalk you indefinitely.

Anyway, the card expires this month so they sent me a replacement. I had to activate it online, so I did. Here's what it told me at the end:

PIN number? From AmEx? Augh! Why does this keep happening? Banks, of all people, should know what PIN is an acronym for, but that doesn't appear to make a difference.

I suppose the replacement card could be a fake, part an elaborate scam to get me to provide my AmEx login details to a bogus web site...

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