While I am certainly not the Queen of Vanilla Reloads, I do try to make sure my Bluebird is happy and well fed each month. As VR has increased the number of options for reloads, there have also been other changes… an updated website…and a change to the Pin scratch off on the back of the card.
Tonight as I began scratching off the first card, I accidentally scratched off the last four digits of the PIN on the back of the card. Oh my gosh! What to do? I frantically dug through my receipts and found the one for this particular card because I knew it showed the activation number. Well, duh….the four digit activation number is NOT the PIN!
I logged on to the Vanilla site to attempt multiple guesses at the last four digits. Try as I did, I could not read the last four digits! I tried every combination I could think of trying to match the tops of numbers with the way the numbers look on other cards. Fail.
I called the number on the back of the card in an attempt to reach a person at the Vanilla Network. None of the options seemed to want to take me to a person. I tried each of the options
- 1 (more information)
- 2 (To apply a reload)
- 3(to check the status of a Vanilla Reload Card)
- 4 (FAQ’s).
In a state of near panic, I started with option 3. No help there because they wanted the PIN. Then I went to option 4…. Nope. My question was not there. There was still no choice to speak to a ‘live’ person. I hung up and figured I would just have to go back to the store and see if they could help. But with one last ditch hope I hit ‘redial’ on my phone. Now, all of the numbers I had tried pressing were still loaded on my phone and I am not sure how it worked but when the phone finished dialling all 36 numbers, magically someone named Anthony answered the call.
Well, Anthony could not have been more helpful. As I explained what I had done(in what was, I hope, a controlled manner but somehow don’t think that it was), he took me through a series of questions which included:
- The ten digit ID on the card (backside, bottom right hand corner)
- How much was on the card?
- Where had I purchased the card?
- What time did I purchase the card? ( another reason for keeping receipt until after load!)
After a few periods when I was placed on hold, he returned and asked me which card I wanted to load. I answered, “Bluebird.” He said, fine… and then asked for my AMEX (Bluebird) number… and loaded it right then and there. My hero!
So, should you ever destroy the PIN on the back of your Vanilla, know that there is an Anthony out there somewhere to help you make it right! I’m just not sure how I managed to reach him!
Have you ever had this issue?