I just received a bill for a VISA card at a bank where I'm not a customer. There is just one charge on the card and it is for an annual fee of $120. The card is not actually made out to my name, but to a name similar to mine (or one could say with both the first and last name slightly misspelled).
I believe I know what this is from, but I did not agree to accept a credit card. I was in an airport where I saw a booth for a flight rewards card that I wanted information about. The person behind the counter immediately started filling out an application for me when I came over and I interrupted her and told her I only wanted information and wasn't sure if I wanted the card. She told me that the application didn't obligate me to get the card and that it was the best way to get more information sent to me as she had no pamphlets or information sheets. She said my name was hard and asked for a piece of id she could copy it from. I feel stupid for falling for that, but I did give her something (either a different credit card or my licence, but I can't remember which) as it is decidedly not the first time people have struggled with my name.
I later received a minimal letter in the mail from the bank in question that gave me no additional information about the card program, but told me I'd been approved and that if I didn't collect my card from a specific branch of the bank it would be destroyed. Not collecting the card seemed the best option since I didn't want it, and my name wasn't correct. So, I never collected the card, and thought that would be it.
Now I have received this bill that I certainly don't want to pay. I'm annoyed at myself for trusting, but I'm also severely irritated with this bank for misleading me. I emailed their customer support but they suggested I create an online bank account so I can send a secure message or that I phone them, and said they couldn't otherwise help me, but thanked me for choosing to bank with them. There was no acknowledgement that this shouldn't have happened.
I don't trust them at this point and do not want to make an online account. Nor do I wish to phone them and be further manipulated or lied to. Frankly, I think I've made enough dumb moves and I want something that is recorded (on email or paper) so I can point to it if I need to, and so I have time to pause before responding.
Am I on the hook for this money? I'm pretty sure I never signed anything at the airport. They have my address, phone number, an approximation of my name, and maybe a driving licence number. I never picked up the credit card nor have I ever used it. In fact, I don't even know my card number as the middle 6 digits have been replaced with asterisks in the bill.
I'm in Canada, if that makes a difference.