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Pay at the Tank
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While I was pumping gas I was asked for help by someone from Europe.

He was young and didn't understand swiping the mag strip as the card had pin n chip was well. Then the pump asked for his zip code...

He ended up taking cash into the station.

Any workarounds? I would like to be more helpful if asked again.
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(07-26-2014, 03:43 PM)veritas Wrote: While I was pumping gas I was asked for help by someone from Europe.

He was young and didn't understand swiping the mag strip as the card had pin n chip was well. Then the pump asked for his zip code...

He ended up taking cash into the station.

Any workarounds? I would like to be more helpful if asked again.

Seems strange someone old enough to drive does not know how to swipe a bank card. While most vendors here in Sweden have the ability to read the chip and require the insertion of the chip card. I'm not even entirely certain that all banks provide the chip bankcards which are basically an additional level of security. With all the club and store membership cards that we have to swipe I don't know how he didn't know how to swipe it.

On one particular trip to back to America one of my debit cards did not work and I had a terrible time.

The USA has the XXXXX and often XXXXX-XXXX format zip code which is used for online banking and my zip code is formatted XXX XX. Lots can go wrong....
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#3
Sorry for my ignorance. In Europe, I had the opposite issue. No chip, no service ... in most places. The hotel took my card and it worked at one bar ... and I managed to buy just enough Euros to get me by in other situations, but could not buy a train ticket without a card with a chip in it ... luckily it was still in the air terminal (Schiphol) so I was able to easily go back and buy more Euros. Obviously my ancient Anasazi magnetic strip must work some places in Europe, I just wasn't sure if your cards had both chip and strip.
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The purpose, I have been told, is to ensure that the person using the card was the real person entitled to use it. Its just one more confirmation that is easy for the resident, but not easy for a thief, unless they have an envelope with the zip code. At first I thought it was just another way to ferret out more information about someone, but if they already have your credit card number, then they also have your name and address, etc. So it makes sense, the confirmation thing.
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