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post Nov 12 2008, 11:42 AM
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During the past couple of years whenever I want to get gas and pay at the pump at a lot of stations I am asked for a zip code. As a Canadian I don't have one. Some gas attendants suggested I used six zeros, but that didn't work. I called my credit card companies and they claimed to have never heard of the problem and there was nothing they could do about it. Have any other fellow Canadians faced this situation and actually were able to do something about it without getting in a lineup to hand their card over to the cashier? sad.gif
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post Nov 12 2008, 02:01 PM
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To my knowledge, this is an "anti-fraud" thing, not a "marketing" thing. The zip code you enter must match what is on the records of the credit card. I put in a "bad" code once just to see what would happen, the pump wouldn't authorize the transaction.

The only way around it for you is to use "pay at window." You punch the button for "pay at window." However, if the gas station requires you to hand over your credit card while pumping gas, (and some will...), then drive off and find another station. Although I can understand why a gas station would want to hold your credit card (to make sure you don't pump and drive off...), it's never a good idea to have your credit card out of your sight.

Also, gas stations near the Canadian border (and Mexican border) should reprogram their pumps to accept neighboring nation postal codes!


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