If you are like so many other people, you may have agreed to a recurring charge (‘subscription’) from within an app such as Bumble, Tinder, Nomorobo, or other app, and then completely forgot about it (that would be the ‘set it and forget it’ that these apps count on), only to be reminded of it when you get an email reminder like the below. And now you want to know how to change or cancel that subscription, but the ‘helpful’ reminder is silent on that point.
A few years ago we told you about some lawsuits against Mugshots.com and other websites which post the mug shots of those charged with crimes. While the particular lawsuit that we covered, Kaplan and Lashway v. Mugshots, et al, was settled, others were not, and now a Federal judge has ruled that the plaintiffs in a case out of Illinois and Florida against Mugshots.com and UnpublishArrest.com have made a strong enough case for it to move forward, despite the defendants’ motion to dismiss the entire lawsuit for failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted (known to legal folks as a Rule 12(b)(6) motion).
Ever look at a charge on your credit or debit card statement and wonder “who the heck is that?” We recently became aware of a lot of people finding a charge from “SEI” on their online statement who have no idea what SEI is, who SEI is, or what SEI stands for. They understandably want to know “What is this charge?” So we decided to write up this simply explanation of merchant names on credit card statements, using the cryptic “SEI” as an example.
This week, with no announcement or fanfare, Amazon quietly started charging sales tax on orders being shipped to Colorado, making Colorado one of 28 states for which Amazon collects sales tax. Amazon charges tax for orders shipped to Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Now, here is something that is just this side of brilliant. It’s a dock adapter that fits in the cassette tape slot in your car, and holds your iPhone 4s, iPhone 4, and any iPod that has a 30-pin adapter (sorry iPhone 5 and 6 users), and charges it. Of course, it’s not just an iPhone holder, it actually allows you to play your iPhone or iPod audio through your car stereo via the cassette player.
Paypal has quietly started charging for sending Paypal to Paypal Friends and Family transactions. While it still says on the Paypal site, in at least two different places, that “It’s always free to send money to friends and family when you use your PayPal balance or bank account,” as you can clearly see from the screen shot below, that is suddenly not true, at least for certain transactions.
If you have been reviewing your bank records or credit card statement, and have found what you believe to be an unauthorized charge or charges that shows “Paypal” and the phone number (402) 935-7733, take a deep breath, and relax. It’s not what you think. Here’s what that transaction really is.
If you get an unexpected and unexplained charge on your credit card for $79.00 from Amazon, it is almost certainly the renewal for your Amazon Prime membership. Or, should we say, the automatic renewal for your Amazon Prime, which is why you didn’t get any sort of warning or explaination – apparently Amazon does not send invoices or other reminders of the autorenewal for your Prime service.
It’s official: Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, has announced that Twitter is gearing up to start charging businesses for business use of Twitter through a premium Twitter service.