Re: [SG] Possible FAQ - Ordering GZG from the States?
From: Allan Goodall <awg@s...>
Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2001 20:08:38 -0500
Subject: Re: [SG] Possible FAQ - Ordering GZG from the States?
On Mon, 15 Jan 2001 14:46:44 -0800 (PST), Michael Llaneza
>All GZG has to do is open a business account (there's a small rake-off,
>is how they pay their bills) and presto, 'they' accept credit cards.
>simplifies the matter and is far more secure (anyone who can steal one
>with a credit card # can steal the two with half each).
I recently used PayPal and it works quite well. However, it's intended
by people who don't usually take credit cards. GZG already does take
cards, which means they take a hit already on credit card orders. Taking
PayPal would mean an extra hit.
As for someone stealing your credit card by e-mail, this is highly
Anyone harvesting credit card numbers is doing it in other ways: hacking
databases, cracking credit card algorithms, stealing unissued numbers,
In reality, you stand a greater risk of someone on the other end making
your credit card number than of someone stealing an e-mail. It's far
for instance, to have your credit card number stolen after you've used
it at a
gas station. Thieves will sometimes steal credit card receipts as well
for this reason.
Finally, credit card companies have been losing sales to debit cards. As
they have been quick to market credit cards as a safe tool for
someone steals your credit card number, it's an inconvenience, but you
contact your bank and they will cancel the transactions. It won't cost
some places, such as Canadian banks, you can have a replacement card in
or two, sometimes within hours.
In all honesty, of the various things to worry about, someone stealing
credit card number via e-mail is incredibly low. A friend of mine, who
time worked for a bank, had his credit card number stolen and he had
made a purchase over the Net with it.
If Jon is truly concerned that clients may lose their credit card
should look into Pretty Good Privacy and accept encrypted e-mails. For
matter, I'm waiting for GZG to -- some day -- set up an actual secure
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