Accept Credit Cards
The term we accept credit cards is one we are all familiar with
and have encountered on countless occasions at a variety of
supermarkets, restaurants, grocery stores and many other merchant
These notices are generally supplemented with Visa/Master card logos
etc., You'll also find that even street market stands are now
accepting credit cards. The benefit of course, of accepting
credit cards is two-fold. From the merchants' point of view,
accepting credit card payments mean the transaction is often more
secure than other forms of payment such as cheques, owing to the
fact that the issuing bank commits to pay the merchant immediately
the transaction is verified.
The birth of the credit card has transformed our lives, as well
as the world of business to a remarkable extent and at a very
fast pace. It wasn't so long ago that there were just a few shops
and businesses that could or would accept credit cards. Yet today,
we see that not only are they open to accept credit cards, in many
instances you will find that the larger retail chain outlets are
also supplying credit cards. The perks from many of these cards
can vary but in general may entitle you to discounts when you
use them at any of that store's retail chain.
Along with the ever increasing circulation of credit cards, more
and more people are opting for both the safety and convenience
that is offered to them by credit card usage. This enables them
to carry little to no cash at all on their person.
The downside for many small shops that do not accept credit cards
is that customers who no longer carry cash around, will move onto
shops displaying the 'we accept credit cards' statement. By not
accepting credit cards, these outlets are potentially losing
customers. It is this awareness that has seen the majority of
of shops and stores today making the shift to accepting credit cards.
Accepting Credit Card Payments Online
In much the same way that we have witnessed the evolution of the
credit card, the same is true of the Internet. The credit card
industry have been quick to capitalise on this direction, resulting
in the growing ecommerce and e-shop trends. The 'we accept credit
cards' logo has now taken Internet shopping by storm.
As is the case in the off-line world, nearly every single online-
shop now accept credit card payments; whether directly or indirectly,
their very survival depend on doing so. What is evident, is that
this is the premise on which the Internet online-business industry
has been based and represent convenience at its very best.
Credit Card - Fraud Online
Fraud is a huge issue with nearly every financial mechanism or
process and credit card fraud online is no exception. In fact, shops
and stores are not the only ones making the statement 'we accept
credit cards'. Credit card fraudsters scamsters employ a
wide variety of techniques to commit fraudulent acts.
Here are just some of the ways they go about doing this:
In some instances, credit card fraudsters are even disguising
themselves as online merchants who are claiming to 'accept credit
card payments. In reality, the real motive is to
extract from your card, critical credit card data.
Another example of credit card fraud may involve the stores' or
merchants' 'rogue' employees, who either clone or elicit critical
information from customers' credit cards. This information is
then abused by way of using them online to make fraudulent
Other credit card fraud involve conning innocent people into
divulging their card details in places such as chat rooms, while
other sophisticated fraudsters use computer software programs and
other devices - known as spyware, to spy on people who use their
credit cards to make online payments. Again, these devices work by
capturing customers' credit card details which are then
transmitted to the spy - using the Internet.
As you can see, while very many merchants and service providers
do accept credit cards, bear in mind that fraudsters too are
in the business of welcoming/accepting credit cards. Be diligent
and remain aware that whether on or offline, you need to be
careful when it comes to your credit card.
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