1. Potential For Credit Card Fraud Using Cellular Phone
I was making a purchase at a trade show, and gave them one of my bank
cards. I was nearly struck speechless as I watched him pick up a
handheld cellular phone and proceed to call for authorization.
Fortunately, I recovered in time, and cut him off just as the call
Me: "Are you calling for credit card authorization?"
Him: "Yes." (puzzled look on his face)
Me: "I do not want you to recite my card number over THAT phone."
Him: (still looking clueless)
Me: "You will broadcast that number to everyone within several miles
that has a scanner. You might as well stand up on the table
and shout it out to this crowd."
Him: "I have to get authorization for this purchase."
Me: "Then find a pay phone or borrow a land-line phone."
Him: "There's no phone in here, and I can't leave the booth."
Me: "I'll go elsewhere, thank you."
I went to another vendor, and paid a slightly higher price, after
agreeing that he would use a pay phone. He didn't have a cellular
phone anyway, but it took him a while to find a phone he could borrow.
I was surprised that the credit card companies didn't have some sort
of rule against this. So I called American Express and the issuer of
my MasterCard, and both customer service reps understood the problem
(once I explained it), but neither was aware of any policy to the
contrary. I filed a "complaint" or "comment" or whatever they called
it, and maybe something will happen as a result.
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