It starts as it always does, by reading the horoscope that I receive daily via email. The generic horoscope is there in full on the page, but the horoscope for Gemini contains only the first two lines. So I click "read full horoscope" and am taken through to the website where a whole host of offers are on display to tempt me.
And every now and again, one catches my eye, and today it was the Wheel of Fate reading costing a mere $6.95. Being in denial of the strength of the pound (or current lack of), I perform a conversion in my head which results in a cost of £3.50, justify that I spent more than that on chocolate last week, and click the 'Go' button.
The process for a Tarot reading is as follows:
- Hover over the hands to 'shuffle' the cards
- Click on the spread to select a card.
- Repeat steps one and two until all cards are selected
- Click on 'Run Report' to take you to the payment screen
- Opt whether to pay with 'Karma Coins' or 'Credit Card' (I never have had enough Karma Coins, so I select to pay by card).
- Click the 'Purchase Report' button.
- Locate Mobile Phone and wait for Credit Card Security Team to call.
- Answer security questions (address, date of birth) written down on the script asked by the nice man or lady with the Indian accent.
- Confirm that yes, the card is still in my possession
- Confirm that yes, I did just spend £4.95 (£4.95?! not £3.50?!) on a reading from Tarot.com
- Listen to the justification as to why this transaction caused alarm.
- End the phone call.
- Return to computer and read report.
They had to send me a letter in the post before I would trust that they were real (well! you have to be so careful nowadays!!)
But since then, I have started to expect their call, and so on this occasion the conversation started:
CC Lady: Hello, may I please speak with Miss Kabbalah Rookie, please?
Me: Yes, speaking.
CC Lady: Hello, Miss Rookie, I am calling from your credit card company and..
Me (cutting her off, midflow): Hi there, yes, I know why you are calling. You want to ask me about a small dollar transaction to Tarot.com that I have just made on my credit card and confirm that the card is still in my possession! It's okay, you call me every time I buy a report. And I do have the card and I did make the purchase."
This comment was met with a confused pause followed by:
"Miss Kabbalah, I first need to ask you a few security questions to confirm that you are the owner of the card..."
And she walked me through the script, one question at a time.
The poor woman - she obviously didn't see that one coming.