Emailing Credit card Info for hotel?

Apr 21st, 2007, 12:04 PM
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Your emails are not going to be "intercepted" along the way. Once they're at the hotel, they can be copied down by anyone there, but so can the fax. Fax is in no way more secure than email. Neither is standing in front of them with the card in your hand. Just email it and you'll be fine.

If you're worried, ask them to delete the email after the charge goes through. That's where it will be stolen from email, if at all; from sitting in their inbox for months or years.
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Apr 21st, 2007, 12:12 PM
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>...it would be nice if the USA adopted pin and chip technology ...

The European banks went to P&C because of the huge amount of fraudulent use of CCs.

>...Not that pin and chip totally resolves the problem of e mailing credit card numbers ...<

I don't see how it helps at all. Please explain.

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Apr 21st, 2007, 12:19 PM
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ira, I don't think he was indicating that it would help on that AT ALL, just commenting on other benefits of chip technology.

But back to that idea of information stolen from email or from fax -- I'd stood at the desk in many hotels in Europe with fax machines and fax messages piled up all around. It would be easy for me to look across the desk/counter and copy one of them, or even take the fax if I wanted to. I do not usually see an open screen on the computer with an email message showing a credit card number. I'm a customer, there are many employees -- maids or groundskeepers, for example whose access to the two forms is the same.
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Apr 21st, 2007, 12:28 PM
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..the point being that unfortunately credit card fraud is very prevelent but that will not cause me to change using my credit cards.

I have read what I consider to be idiotic (but others might not!) statements such as that is why I don't use my credit cards for small purchases or whatever. Yes I've had my credit card number compromised a couple of times...a phone call or two and an affadavit have resolved the issue...it's part of modern day living the ability to order things on the internet, buy airline tickets on the internet, make hotel reservations on the internet and via e mail. Some credit card companies allow you to use a one time only credit card number that does nobody any good if it's compromised.

I just don't worry about it; I don't like it, it's no fun but no matter how many precautions you try to take, the criminal vermin will always, unfortunately, be one step ahead of the good guys.

But I do think that chip and pin technology will cut down on some of the skimming of numbers on the merchant level, I just don't understand (or perhaps I do understand) why the US banking system has been so slow to embrace it!
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Apr 21st, 2007, 02:35 PM
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I've done the sending of two emails as greg suggested and had no problems.

Have a good trip!
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Apr 21st, 2007, 05:58 PM
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When I was trying to book online for Mexico, my confirmation suggested I could provide my cc info as greg described. I actually ended up furnishing it on the phone(to a different hotel). I think for France, I disclosed the whole # in an online form with no problems. There are risks, I am sure. But what do I know - I didn't even realize "wittingly" was a word! (It is!)
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