For my 2010 birthday present, Wifey said to use her card to purchase a Club Pogo membership; and having been legal counsel for Mastercard, International, I was certain to NOT authorize recurring charges. I only played Gin Rummy 4 times; and had since forgotten about it; figuring that when I got their dunning letters telling me that I should renew, so that I didn't miss out on all the fun.
On December 13th, 2011, Wifey came to me asking what the $39.99 charge on her card is. I didn't correlate Electronic Arts to Club Pogo; and she got VERY upset, suspecting identity theft / fraud.
We turned off her card and got a ""instant card"", from the bank so as to not leave her without plastic.
Getting some 300+ E-Mails a day, I don't read my E-Mail every day; but on December 15th, I saw a December 12th E-Mail saying that EA had renewed my Club Pogo account. - MYSTERY SOLVED.l
SO, I called EA at 650/628-1500; and in a recorded telephone conversation, spoke to a ""Dimitri""; and literally, an hour later, he wouldn't give me a refund, nor would he allow me to speak with a supervisor.
SO, I called my financial institution (after calling the US Department of Secret Service - as they have jurisdiction in cases of credit card fraud); and since EA wouldn't do the right thing, I initiated a chargeback against Electronic Arts. My representative issued me a credit, on the spot.
I gave EA a chance to do the right thing; and since they wouldn't, I did what I had to do, in order to get my refund.