Ireland - Credit Card Scam

May 31st, 2005, 08:46 AM
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Well let me put it this way///when a merchant pulled this near criminal stunt on me at the end of April, the slip I was presented with showed $1.338 as the exchange rate to whcih visa added the new 1% charge..

I emailed them and told them it was a scam and that I had been lied to by the clerk and they credit the USD amount and put it back through in euro and the rate was $1.28 including the 1% so it is something like 5% you throw away if you fall for this near criminal act.
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Jun 6th, 2005, 12:43 PM
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Just returned from a week in Ireland myself. This happened 3 times. At a restuarant Vaughans Anchor Inn in Liscannor Clare which has good food but has unfortunately started converting into UK pounds without offering the alternative of billing in Euro's, which as we know is against Visa rules. Also Trident Holiday Homes in Dublin, a cottage rental company, does the same, even though I explicitly told then to debit my card in Euro's. Finally Knappogue Castle outside Quin does it as well. Why they all have adopted this when they get decent prices for their food and accomodation. It can only be because they want to milk the tourist, for a few $'s, £'s more. Very short sighted in my view.
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Jun 6th, 2005, 02:56 PM
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Did you contest it? What happened?
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