Is it possible to conceal a rhinoceros behind a fig leaf? Failing that, will the fig leaf at least divert attention away from the rhinoceros to some extent?
I honestly have no clue, but that is the matter at hand today beneath the larger issue of (most likely ineffective) efforts to deal with large hustle charges to credit cards, charges I wish not to be noticed (fat chance ).
Anyway, without in the least claiming these measures are helpful, here is what I’m doing:
First, spreading. Trying to spread hustle charges across as many different cards as possible. As between MasterCards and Discover I currently have six cards working. When the HSBC card arrives it’ll be seven. I wish it were more.
Second, interspersion of real spending. These are the fig leaves. This is difficult for me because I do not spend much money and because I prefer to spend with no third party (e.g., a checkout person) involvement (as always, just a personal preference; surely not trying to convince others I’m right). Anyway, three approaches:
Self-service gas stations where you can feed in several cards in the process of a single fillup. This works nicely.
PayPal. Ya gotta love how PayPal allows a great many cards in your PayPal wallet. Sadly they do not allow multiple cards to be used for a single purchase.
Self-service supermarket/department store checkout. Similar benefit to #1. You just quietly feed in one card per item . . or whatever.
All a waste of time? Quite possibly. I lack the experience to know for certain, one way or the other. Doing best I’m able and hoping for the a good outcome. Fingers are crossed. So far no cards have been cancelled, but remain in the first inning of (what I hope will be) a long ball game.