The Toronto Star has an article today entitled Credit card slip-ups can carry a cost that talks about the fact that merchants still print debit and credit card numbers on receipts even though it violates privacy laws and card issuer rules.
Columnist Ellen Roseman suggests taking the approach offered by Visa – complain to your card issuer with the detals of the merchant name, location, and date. Also cross off the numbers from merchant copies of your receipts (I do that all the time.)
This is a pet peeve of mine. I don’t understand why merchants do this. It serves no purpose, violates privacy laws, is a fraud risk, and puts the merchant at risk. Another concern of mine is do they keep it electronically, which is just as bad.
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