Subject: Credit Cards frozen?
Hello Ziners,

I have heard several times that some travelers have had their credit cards frozen by the bank, after the bank detected 'unusual' charges while the people were traveling. Apparently, the banks notice that suddenly one's VISA or MasterCard is getting used in France, or Korea or Spain, and they become suspicious. They freeze the account and either phone or write the owner at home. Of course, the owner is 6,000 miles away in a foreign country trying to figure out how to pay for his room with a credit card that is being rejected for no obvious reason.

Has anybody encountered such a problem? How did you handle it? Is there a good way to prevent this from happening? Or, is this an urban travel myth?

Best regards, Paul Near Seattle