I talked with customer service representatives at the credit card company and my bank. I sent an email to the website associated with the charge. Then I had an inspiration. I did a Google search on the website address and the word scam. Uh oh, there were results. I felt sick when I clicked and saw the number of other people who had discovered a similar charge on their credit card statements. I called my credit card company back right away and stopped the card.
Apparently my credit card number had been "compromised". What this means exactly, I don't know. But somehow, someway, someone got access to my number. Whether this was through an unscrupulous salesperson who assisted me with a legitimate transaction or whether this was the result of computer hacking, I don't know.
I do know I felt bad about it. So bad I backed away from being online for awhile. I needed to remind myself of all the situations in my life that require interpersonal interaction. Where I'm known as Sarah and not just a number or words on a screen.
Have you ever felt this way?