31 Aug USAirways And Barclays send creepy credit-card message
A couple of friends and I recently met for beers at Slattery’s and I paid the bill with a USAirways MasterCard from Barclays Bank. So imagine my surprise a couple days later when I got an email message from USAirways bearing the subject line, “How was Slattery’s Midtown Pub?”
I realize that these days privacy is in the eye of the beholder, but this is the first time I’ve ever had a credit-card company inject itself into my personal life. Like everybody, I’ve had occasions when the credit-card company checks with a merchant when a pending purchase sits too far outside my purchasing profile, and I never minded those because there’s a clear intent there to avoid fraud and protect me and the bank issuing my card.
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