2 ways to avoid online credit card use

2 ways to avoid online credit card use

There are 7 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Aug 18, 2007, titled 2 ways to avoid online credit card use. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

For many travelers, using a credit card to make purchases online is not an attractive option.

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#1 Aug 18, 2007
Bad advice. PayPal has ripped off many unsuspecting consumers.

United States

#2 Aug 18, 2007
During a family emergency, I was unable to wire money by Western Union -- because I "did not fit their profile." Pay-pal is another joke. Used it only once, then closed the account. But I still get spam asking me to verify information. Best advice ... do not use the Internet until something is done about all of these cheats. I had had excellent credit for over 50 years and I intend to keep it that way.
Judy E

Roseburg, OR

#3 Aug 18, 2007
I had an account with Pay Pal for my ebay purchases. About 3 months later I started receiving emails wanting to "update" & "verify" my information. I still receive emails from "Pay Pal" even though I closed the account a few years ago.

Chicago, IL

#4 Aug 18, 2007
Incomplete advice I'd say.

You are forgetting that several banks offer "virtual" credit card numbers that are good for certain amounts and either one time uses or even regular payments. I know that Bank of America does that since I bank there and have successfully used them many times when doing online payments.

There are many issues with paypal and then there is google checkout and several other payment systems that are available now

Next time you might want to research the article before you give people advice especially when its about financial matters.

Glen Ellyn, IL

#5 Aug 19, 2007
The article claims that if the last four digits of your Social Security Number and your birthdate fall into the wrong hands, it is harmless.

Since the last four digits of your SSN and birthdate are sufficient information to open a credit account at Bill Me Later (or any other merchant that only asks for the last four digits plus birthdate), obviously it is not harmless to have this information fall into the wrong hands.

Denver, CO

#6 Aug 30, 2007
CNN did a story wherein it was suggested that there are fewer incidents of online fraud and theft, than when printed information was stolen in transit (in the mail)...

London, UK

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