Now that you've mentioned Hotmail, I'm wondering if he possibly just subscribed to the larger storage(paid) Hotmail account-which _would_ ask for a CC#....or Passport, which has that "wallet" function, which I believe also stores the CC# and will autofill whenever a member shops online....(maybe someone that uses that service would know).
Yesterday I tried to sign in on Windows Instant Messenger Service. I have no password, so the "Help Topics" told me that in order to get one, I must type in my email address and CREDIT CARD NUMBER, so that my account status could be verified. After I complied, it said something to the effect that "sorry we were unable to verify your status -- try again later." Did I make a foolish mistake? The whole transaction was done using the Windows displays on the screen. Why would they even want a credit card number? Evidently the messenger service is free and is a part of the subscriber's package. Help!