When asking “Are you a bot” the invariable answer is “lol no i’m not a bot silly.” The contact in our example has listed their birthdate as 1980, but claims to be 25 years old.
That doesn’t add up either and when we ask about it, the question is completely ignored.
When you check into a hotel or rent a car — or if a restaurant or other business asks for your card in advance of service — ask: Consider paying hotel, rental car, or other "blocked" bills with the same credit or debit card you used at the beginning of the transaction. If you pay with a different card, by cash, or by check, remind the person at the front desk that you're using a different form of payment — and ask them to remove the prior block promptly.
Whether you already have a credit or debit card or are considering getting one, it’s worth asking the issuers: If you’re thinking about getting a credit or debit card, shop around.
Have you ever received a contact request on Skype from someone you don’t know?To avoid surprises at the cash register, ask your card issuer and the merchant if they use blocking.When you use a credit or debit card to check into a hotel or rent a car, the company usually contacts your card issuer with an estimate of your bill. For example, suppose you use your card when you check into a 0-a-night hotel for five nights.This may happen from time to time, particularly if your Skype name is publically searchable.But what is really behind these contact requests and why do people bother?