Monday, March 16, 2009

Cc at your table

Here in Brazil there have been a flock of credit card scams and so when you go to a decent restaurant and pay with a credit card, they bring out a handheld scanner device to your table and charge your credit cards there. I'm guessing this is restaurant managements attempt to reduce fraud by the service staff just in case customers are worried about it happening there.

This also makes splitting the bill very easily because you can just hand your card over to the waiter and ask him to charge a specific amount of money which is your part of the table's bill.

Even in Salvador when I was there, there were 3 people in the hostel that had about $2500 stolen from their accounts. They were not sure how it even happened, because one of them only used it at an ATM and never at a point of sale. I used the same ATM as that person as well but never had a problem.

He said that he had a daily limit of $600 but somehow they got 4 times that amount out of the account in the span of 2 hours. Whoever is doing that stuff knows exactly what they're doing.


Blogger Lucas said...

Yeah sometimes (most of the times maybe) is someone inside the bank that issued the credit card. They steal your money and hope you never notice. Good think most of the times the bank gives the money back.
If your card has one of those chips in it, there's no problem. Never had problems with mine. Watch out! há

March 16, 2009 at 6:13 PM  

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