Because They Can

So, I woke up the other morning and checked my email to find one from Bank of America advising me that there’s been suspicious activity on my account and to click here or call there. My first reaction, “here we go again.” Well, I don’t automatically start clicking around unless I know it’s a legitimate email because there are far too many scammers out there. One of the easiest ways to recognize a fake email is by the atrocious grammar and punctuation. This one, however, read perfectly correct. So, I called B of A.

Well, it turns out that some software website tried three times to charge $149 to our account. After checking with my husband, someone apparently got a hold of our account number either at a restaurant or online so, bottom line, B of A had to cancel the account and will issue us a new card.

The good news is no one successfully charged anything on our card. The bank’s not out any money and a scumbag didn’t get to buy something he never intended to pay for.

The bad news is I now have the time-consuming task of changing all the automatic payments we make on a monthly basis. And this isn’t the first time.

What I really don’t get is the mentality of someone who does this kind of thing. I find it disgusting that there’s actually someone, somewhere, probably in his mother’s basement sitting in a puddle of his own urine, who has nothing better to do than mess with my life.

I’ve never understood why anyone would want to infect anyone’s computer with a virus, or hack into their email, or steal their credit card number. I haven’t a clue what motivates losers like this other than they, once again, like so much on the internet, can do or say anything they want, anonymously like a bunch of cowards, with impunity.

I firmly believe that the internet, although a really good thing on so many levels, has created a serious disconnect between people and the world around them. In an article I read, “The Internet’s Effect on Relationships: Detrimental or Beneficial?”, the internet “loosens the restrictive nature of society, a nature which has traditionally protected societal morality and manners.” On the other hand, criminals, in general, are usually disconnected with the world around them.

I’m outraged that there are people who have nothing better to do with their time than screw up other people’s lives – people who are just trying to live their lives the best they can without hurting or interfering with anyone else. But, noooo, some jerk thinks he can do anything he wants because he can. And, unfortunately, he’s right. There’s no way to catch these creeps so they keep on doing what they’re doing. As my now-deceased 90+ year old friend used to say, “they’re using up our air.”

I’ve always been stunned at the amount of energy that’s used to do evil in this world. If all that energy, hacking into people’s computers, creating viruses, stealing credit card numbers or forging twenty dollar bills, was used to produce something worthwhile, we’d probably eradicate hunger and disease in my lifetime. Instead, we’ve got a bunch of lowlifes spending their time screwing around with other people’s lives just for the sake of it.

I guess some people have no purpose in life, no family, no friends and obviously no job other than figuring out how to steal from others. Maybe if they actually had to work for a living, they might not have time to mess with everyone else. If I were Empress of the world, I’d send them all to Dakar, Senegal, and see how long they’d survive. My guess is that they’d be dead by dawn.

I don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you.

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For over twenty years, Leona has tried to heed her husband’s advice, “you don’t have to say everything you think.” She’s failed miserably. Licensed to practice law in California and Washington, she works exclusively in the area of child abuse and neglect. She considers herself a news junkie and writes about people and events on her website, “I Don’t Get It,” which she describes as the “musings of an almost 60-year old conservative woman on political, social and cultural life in America.” It’s not her intention to offend anyone who “gets it.” She just doesn’t. Originally from Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles, she now lives with her husband, Michael, on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest, which she describes as a bastion of liberalism.
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  • Roger Ward

    Although I don’t endorse or wish to emulate any of the policies espoused by Saudi Arabia, they seem to have found a way to deal with thieves.

    On my first trip there, I was in the souk (marketplace) when came a call to prayer. There were several money-changers in the souk with card tables stacked with bills from around the World. The owners placed a cardboard sheet on the money to keep it from blowing away and moved some distance away to pray. My inability to speak Arabic prevented me asking the merchants if they felt safe leaving stacks of cash on a table while they left the immediate area …. but the question didn’t really need to be asked, as they obviously were unconcerned about it.

    During that and my subsequent trips there, I did occasionally see disfigured people, missing a hand or a nose or an ear. The Saudis were apparently unable to completely eliminate the avarice of all its citizens …. but they sure as hell knew how to deal with it when it appeared. Maybe we could use a little less “understanding” of criminals’ actions and a little more brutality. I’m just saying ….

  • chief98110

    I would suggest we bring back the old ways, crucifixion.

  • CCNV

    If it isn’t BofA screwing up my account, it’s AT&T taking double payments out – which causes a mess worse than BofA.