i saw a fresh email in an account i don't really use. it was from AT&T with whom i've done business for more than 10 years. recently i moved over to my husband's verizon plan. the email was from my bank. it was a notice that they had received my AT&T bill and that i owed:
i thought something had gotten confused when my account was terminated at the end of may. but no, that account was indeed paid in full and cancelled.
suddenly i remember the AT&T account i used to share with FT. he kept it going and some time ago, *we* transferred it to him...er...at least i completed my part of the process. he gets all the bills and correspondence and has for a long time. the only notice i got was that a bill had arrived. i checked out a couple of earlier bills:
omg. so i'm on the phone trying to figure out which number this relates to and what happened. XH was supposed to cancel my number at the end of the term and carry on with just his number and name on the account.
so where did these charges come from? my old number, and as recently as this month, there was usage in Nigeria.
even better? he tried to claim fraud, but it was denied because he "*willingly gave the phone away with the SIM card in it.*" the problem started not more than a month ago, but when he called to take care of it two weeks ago, he chose not to cut that phone off. (huh???) he's gotten the charges removed for now...except the overdue ones for his phone. geez.
for those who may not remember...OW/OC are ethiopian. i'm not sure how that's connected but it seems like it would have to be, or i at least want it to be. who did he trust with that phone? i know she had another baby-daddy in the meantime who ditched her and ran back to ethiopia either right before or right after her second fatherless childbirth. trustworthy sounding folk.
(makes me wonder who has been reading all the texts some my friends have sent to that old number and the voicemails they left. they said they kept using it because no one ever told them they had wrong numbers...or...as i found out later...WHY MY NAME was still recorded when the phone went to VM. i thought that had ended also...now i wonder.)
i'm ok in this. FT will make the switch (now i know why he's mentioned it lately...he told me he thought it hadn't gotten done right and that we have to call together or something, which we don't...i'd done my part but he missed the window to do his and never told me).
also, worse case scenario, i could make a fraud case. it shows that i released the billing authority and that he never accepted it so it reverted. it shows that the active address and email on record are his. i would never have known about this except for the defunct old bill pay set up at my bank.
update: according to FT after a brief conversation, someone "'got my number' and made calls and passed data from Nigeria. it was fraud and they took care of it right away." i didn't tell him everything the lady told me about him giving the phone away with the SIM. he'd just twist into how it's not his fault and AT&T was trying to screw him over. i prefer to snicker and believe it's OW-related. of course, karmically, it's hard not to believe it is. oh yeah, and he mumbled about how there must have something "wrong" about the $515 balance on HIS phone...earlier in the conversation he'd said he'd already paid his bill this month so he hadn't been in to look in a while...he had to cover some lying tracks, badly.
i can't wait to tell my H this. he's going to .http://www.facebook.com/hardheadpress
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