I almost forgot. One more reason that print circulation at the Boston Globe and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette may be falling more steeply than elsewhere in the country is the credit-card disaster of last winter.
Now, what would make me remember that?
Earlier today we received a message on our answering machine to call a fraud hotline for one of our Visa cards. A half-hour ago, a very helpful woman at Chase told us that $2,700 had been transferred from that card and into someone’s pocket just yesterday. We canceled the account immediately.
I have no one to blame but myself. Shortly after the story broke some months back, I checked to see whether we were among those whose credit-card numbers had been stolen. We were, but I figured that if nothing bad happened immediately, then we would be OK. Inertia is a powerful force.
And how stupid and/or naive am I? I just got finished entering a different credit-card number at the Globe’s customer-service site.
Do I know for a fact that this attempted $2,700 transfer was related to the Globe? No. But I’m willing to bet that it was.