Stores Don't Check ID on Credit Card Purchases

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ID theft is on the rise nationwide, and you've probably heard a lot about it recently in the Midlands.

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May 7, 2008
 
I used to use them all the time and I don't ever recall having to show my ID. Thankfully I haven't used any of them in over 3 months and it is going to stay that way! Hopefully I will have them all paid off by the end of the year.
Consumer

Atlanta, GA

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May 7, 2008
 
Yesterday I used my debt card at a local restaurant. Not only did they NOT check my ID- I didn't have to sign for the transaction. This is really scarey!!
Jackie

Cayce, SC

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#3
May 7, 2008
 
Zaxby's checks ids//Walmart does not-most fast food restaurants do not-businesses that do not check ids are just slack and no one should do business at that particular store or stores
Sarah

Houston, TX

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May 7, 2008
 
A couple of years ago my card got stolen and was used at several businesses, thanks to Belk's who was the only one who checked ID and then called my bank. What a nightmare!!
Rena

Lexington, SC

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May 7, 2008
 
I recently had my wallet stolen (and ironically my husband lost his wallet a few days later) and can definitely identify with this story. I went to a local grocery store and was told by the clerk that asking for ID with credit card purchases was against store policy. Needless to say I was extremely shocked and disappointed. After our mishap, there was about $300 worth of unauthorized purchases taht probably could've been prevented if store personnel would've taken the extra step to check for identification. I hope the polices and practices soon change after more people see this story.

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#6
May 7, 2008
 
I am surprised that more businesses don't check for identification, especially since identity theft and credit card thefts are so prevalent these days. I always thank them when they do ask...it means that store finds it important enough.

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May 7, 2008
 
Rena wrote:
I recently had my wallet stolen (and ironically my husband lost his wallet a few days later) and can definitely identify with this story. I went to a local grocery store and was told by the clerk that asking for ID with credit card purchases was against store policy. Needless to say I was extremely shocked and disappointed. After our mishap, there was about $300 worth of unauthorized purchases taht probably could've been prevented if store personnel would've taken the extra step to check for identification. I hope the polices and practices soon change after more people see this story.
It is not against store policy to check IDs. The problem is the cashiers are to LAZY to check them.
S West Columbia

Columbia, SC

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May 7, 2008
 
I personally would prefer the merchants to ask me for my ID.I have noticed over the past few years that they only ask for ID's during the Holiday's. If the stores took the time to do this with each credit card transaction it would send a strong message to the thief's that we have had enough!

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Columbia, SC

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May 7, 2008
 
I don't recall ever having to show my ID. I just slide my card through and thats it. I have even used my wife's card and she mine even on purchases where we hand the card to the cashier and we still were not asked an ID.
TWG

Columbia, SC

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#10
May 7, 2008
 
I even have "See ID" on the backs of my cards, and there have been maybe 3 stores in the past year that have bothered to ask for my ID. When they do ask for my ID, I tell the clerk thank you. There seems to either be a serious lack of training or worse, a lack of concern. Maybe if identity theft happened to them, they would pay more attention.
Dee

Atlanta, GA

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May 7, 2008
 
I use to work in a store as a cashier, and when you ask some customers to see their id they would get very upset. They would say i shop in here all the time, and know one else checks my id. I use to tell them they should be checking, because it is company policy, because anyone could come in and use your credit card.
Shopper

Jenkinsville, SC

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#12
May 7, 2008
 
I work for a retail store, and we are told not to ask for an ID unless the card comes up invalid. Also, the bank I do business with told me that the retailer does not have the right to ask for an ID with a credit card or debit as long as the person has the pin number and the card is not reported stolen.
Yowza

Myrtle Beach, SC

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#13
May 7, 2008
 
This is dumb. If the card is reported stolen, then it won't be accepted. Some folks have way too many cards to notice that one has been lifted. It's more often family and friends stealing from one another. Do unto others...
Marilyn

Heath, OH

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#14
May 7, 2008
 
My card was stolen and the person shopped at 3 walmarts. No one checked for ids. they do a credit and don't have to have a pin number and just sign the name that is on the card. Walmart camera's are not focused on the person doing the transaction either.
Pepperee

Chester, SC

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#15
May 7, 2008
 
My husband and I decided to see what stores checked signatures or asked for ID (we write ask for ID on the back of the card instead of signing it.) For 2 years we signed receipts, Mickey Mouse, Bart Simpson, Bill Clinton etc. Only twice did any clerks or cashiers ever question us. It's no wonder the crooks get away with so much fraud.
Amy

Columbia, SC

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#16
May 7, 2008
 
check for id? gee...that's too much work.

I agree with you, Pepperee...100%

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#17
May 7, 2008
 
My husband was in Foodlion the other day and there was this woman who did not have her card with her, but wanted the store to punch in her card # thru anyway cause she had it written down. The manager said they couldn't do it, but when he went back to find the store policy against it, he couldn't find it and was all like, "what the h*ll - do it anyway." Can you believe that? She could have been anyone using anyone's card #!!! That is soooo irresponsible of that store manager. I hope that the # wasn't stolen...but it probably was with the way things go, you know?
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#18
May 7, 2008
 
I work for a retail store in the mall and it is policy to ask for id when credit card purchases are made. While we are not required to ask unless the card is unsigned, I ask every time out of habit. Patrons often thank me for asking to see their id. We also hold on to the card until the patron signs the store copy of the receipt. I think that it's responsible as a business to do what can be done to prevent identity theft, etc.
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Louisville, TN

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#19
May 7, 2008
 
I have "Please Check ID" written in the signature line on the back of my card. Some of you already know how few people ever bother to look at that side of the card, much less check them. On the rare occasions that I do have someone check my ID, I make a point to thank them. This simple step could save so much lost money and so many man hours by police and bank investigators that are wasted because the clerks are too lazy to check the ID or the store has a really dumb @$$ policy against checking ID.
Pat

Columbia, SC

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#20
May 7, 2008
 
You can do like I do in the signature block on the back of my card put check ID before accepting. It works most do ask for ID.

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