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Cooey
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2013 4:53:55 PM

I noticed when travelling in the South, Kentucky particularly, that to pay at the pump you needed to input a zip code besides swiping the credit card. I heard there is a work around with this. What do you know about this?
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Thumper52
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2013 6:16:16 AM

Stupidest thing I ever run into! If we did this in Canada, I'm sure our US neighbors would have kittens, trying to get their zip code in. And I wouldn't blame them! We have to go inside, leave our card with attendant, pump our gas, and go in and get our credit card back. How secure is that? The card sits on the counter for everyone to see! NOt a good system, but when they have something you need, what do you do?
lwood655
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 9:37:57 AM

self serve stations in Louisiana also ask for zip when using credit card
Cooey
Veteran Author Manitoba

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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2013 9:23:14 AM

Thanks Kiatoindos for your help!
JOB_Dave
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Message Posted: Jun 24, 2013 11:31:40 AM

An extra level of security. If I somehow get your card I would not know your billing zip code.
Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jun 23, 2013 2:59:03 AM

On Jun 22, 2013 10:05:18 AM, Boyrr wrote:

>asking for a ZIP is a CC thing to check for fraud. It is not required
>for a debit card transaction, i don't k now why.

Debit cards require a 4-digit PIN instead which is probably better than verifying the ZIP code.
hjl17
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Message Posted: Jun 22, 2013 11:22:19 AM

don't understand why
Boyrr
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Message Posted: Jun 22, 2013 11:05:18 AM

...asking for a ZIP is a CC thing to check for fraud. It is not required for a debit card transaction, i don't k now why.
Saab93turbo
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Message Posted: Jun 22, 2013 10:52:17 AM

In Germany, you pump then go inside to pay the $100 bill.
WEPSMAN
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Message Posted: Jun 22, 2013 9:46:06 AM

I think it is to match up credit card addresses. It is to try and stop fraud, but I do not know how it works with a Canadian address.
gvan
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Message Posted: Jun 21, 2013 5:22:16 PM

"Just use any five figure combination as this machine really does not need this information. It is doing this because of ergonomics telling them what area you are from, which in reality is none of their business."

Well, let me just guess that you don't know what you are talking about. The requirement to enter the zip code is a security measure. If the zip code doesn't match the zip code used to obtain the credit card you won't be getting any gas.
bluenvoy
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Message Posted: Jun 21, 2013 9:11:15 AM

Call your credit card company. They will have the answer for you.
contiki
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Message Posted: Jun 21, 2013 7:14:01 AM

Canadians don't have zip codes, ours are postal codes which are{6 figures} not 5 figures...........
cv
Champion Author Raleigh

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Message Posted: Jun 21, 2013 5:46:58 AM

Most pumps in my area require the zip code to be added, an exception is Sam's where the membership card is used to validate the customer.
jscdig
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Message Posted: Jun 20, 2013 8:38:42 PM

It was always my assumption that if a Canadian used one of these pumps, he/she would have to go in the store to use a card.
TrixieNY
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Message Posted: Jun 20, 2013 7:48:41 PM

If you listen to MertieMan you will be standing at the pump all day unable to get gas!
Deno
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Message Posted: Jun 20, 2013 5:46:16 PM

BP's here require it, and it is the billing zip or rejected, since the keypad only has digits, and Canada's postal codes use an alphanumeric system (i.e.; 1A1 A1A), I'm not sure what can be done. The BP keypads are just a numberboard, not like the phone where 2 is ABC, 3 is DEF, etc...
HeavyDuty_cache
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Message Posted: Jun 20, 2013 5:41:55 PM

I put in an incorrect zip code and my card was rejected, when I put my billing zip code in it worked fine.

They should have a feature to choose if you are from the US, Can or Mex to avoid our guests from the north and south being locked out.
MertieMan
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Message Posted: Jun 20, 2013 7:35:43 AM

Just use any five figure combination as this machine really does not need this information. It is doing this because of ergonomics telling them what area you are from, which in reality is none of their business.
contiki
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Message Posted: Jun 20, 2013 6:46:37 AM

Canadians don't have zip codes, ours are postal codes which are{6 figures} not 5 figures...........
kiatoindos
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2013 10:34:15 PM

Try your postal code without letters add 00 at the end
kiatoindos
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Message Posted: Jun 19, 2013 10:27:09 PM

Most stations along major highways or high crime areas require zip code
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