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Old 03-21-2011, 01:30 PM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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You swipe your credit card at the gas pump and up pops, "Enter your ZIP code." You probably key in the five numbers without thinking, especially if the gas pump icon on your dashboard is lit up.

Keeping Your Zip Code Private at the Register - ABC News
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Old 03-21-2011, 02:31 PM
 
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Hmmm, is it better to give none or a wrong one like I usually do?
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Old 03-21-2011, 10:13 PM
 
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Interesting thanks. I always thought it was a fraud detection thing at the gas pumps. At the stores, I assumed it was a marketing thing to get that data. If you refuse, the clerk has to put in all 00000s though otherwise it will not process through for your sale.
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Old 03-21-2011, 10:30 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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Lowes is bad at this. The clerk line is that it tells them where to put new stores. I just say no, and if pressed, say "There is no way Lowes is going to put a store near where I live." Asking ANYTHING is a violation of most of the merchant agreements. The whole concept that the CC companies depend on is that it is easier to use a card than cash or other method of payment.
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Old 03-22-2011, 06:57 PM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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The bit in the article about potential theft because the cashier has your credit card number and your zip???
Where I work customers swipe their cards themselves, how would the cashier get the card number? Anything on the receipt or at the computer doesn't show the entire card number either.
Actually other than restaurants, which don' ask for your zip, I can't think of anyplace I don't swipe my own card.
And if a retailer is able to determine an address from a card number and a zip code, it sounds suspiciously like someone is selling that info to the retailer. Perhaps the credit card company holds some responsibility for that too?

I got asked for my phone number at the register at Lowe's just a few days, on a cash purchase. I though they stopped doing that ages ago, what's the point of it anyway if you aren't writing a check? Maybe they do phone here because the entire city has the same zip?
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Old 03-22-2011, 08:00 PM
 
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Alot of assuming in that article really.Its not hard to get the consumers addresss form the card infomation itself really.Like showig your ID when using card is easytoo.
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Old 04-01-2011, 03:43 AM
 
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When they ask me, I usually say, at an elevated volume, "YOU WANT MY NUMBER?! LIKE THE NAZIS WANTED NUMBERS FROM THE JEWS?!?!" They usually back off at that point, especially if everybody in the store hears me.
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Old 04-01-2011, 03:49 AM
 
Location: somewhere in the woods
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You swipe your credit card at the gas pump and up pops, "Enter your ZIP code." You probably key in the five numbers without thinking, especially if the gas pump icon on your dashboard is lit up.

Keeping Your Zip Code Private at the Register - ABC News

I just give them my zip code where I lived as a child, 09019. which just happens to be Camp Darby, Italy.

When I give that zip, it usually throws the clerk for a loop.
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Old 04-01-2011, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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"I got asked for my phone number at the register at Lowe's just a few days, on a cash purchase. I though they stopped doing that ages ago, what's the point of it anyway if you aren't writing a check? Maybe they do phone here because the entire city has the same zip?"

The schtick they use here is that it is in case you come back for a refund or there is a recall. Give 'em the phone number of the police.
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Old 04-01-2011, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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I just give them my zip code where I lived as a child, 09019.
You can't do that at the gas pumps, though, because it won't accept the credit card unless the ZIP code you punch in matches that of the credit card.
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