Today we are going to Muse about being more aware. If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.
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Today I was using my I-phone when I received a text message from my bank.
I hate stuff like this. What in the world!?! My account . . . suspended!
I clicked the blue link and up came a message saying that in order to comply with government regulations relating to banks, the bank was in the process of verifying customer information to guarantee the customer was the person he or she was purported to be. Until the customer identity was verified, the account was suspended and no transactions would be accepted.
There was a link to a form on which I was to provide the necessary information: name, address, card number, expiration date, security code, and pin. I filled that out and pressed “send”. I then received a message saying they would send me a number that I needed to send back confirming I was the party I was purported to be.
Well, I did not receive the number and I thought to myself, “Crumb, I’ve screwed this up”.
Fortunately, I was near the bank and I had time on my hands, so I thought I would just trot over there and get it fixed.
When I explained the transaction to the banker, she looked at me pleasantly and said, “The bank would never ask you for your pin number in a text message or an e-mail”.
Ali Kazam! It was an Ahah! Moment. Dumb, Dumb, Dumb! I pride myself with not doing stupid, but I did it this time.
So my bank account is closed. I have new checks and debit card on the way. I have spent the afternoon going into accounts that use the old checking for payment and changing the listing to the new account I now have. It is a major inconvenience.
I am telling you this so that if you receive a similar request for information you don’t repeat my mistake. Report it to the bank and get on with your day.
On a happier note
Sunfest came to a close last night. For those of you who are not familiar with it, Sunfest is an annual music/food/art festival held on the waterfront of West Palm Beach. This year it went from Thursday through Sunday and ended in a large fireworks display as it does each year. Nearly 190,000 people were expected over the four days, but I am not certain it hit that mark. Sunday it rained and threatened rain so by evening the crowds were pretty thin.
Friends of ours live on the sixteenth floor of Trump Plaza which faces the water and overlooks the Festival. They had a group of us over to enjoy the fireworks. I took some photographs using my I-Phone to share with you. Considering we were sixteen floors up and set back from the road a good distance and I was using a telephone camera, I think they are amazing.
This is looking down on the main passageway. You can see the crowds are nearly nonexistent. But it was still pretty.
There were vendors.
And there were fireworks.
Live, it was quite impressive.
more to come
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2. Click on one of the galleries to open up the page of images.
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5. Click on the product and it will open up a sizing slide so you can adjust the image.
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