One of your dvd wholesale suppliers requested a copy of my credit card?

10 August 2007

Question: I explained a few days ago that I have been approved by ***EDITED*** to purchase videos.

I received a call yesterday from one of their reps about methods of payment. It seems that credit cards, or a debit card are the cheapest ways to pay... however, they asked for a copy of my debit card. I feel this to be a very unusual request. I've had my account compromised in the past with unauthorized use.

I've never been asked for a copy of any credit card before.

You state that you've had experience with this company. Is this a common request from ***EDITED***, or any other supplier you deal with? I would like your opinion on this.

I'll hold off on sending the copy until I hear from you...

I'm not going to recommend you give your card to anyone if you don't feel comfortable. I don't have a credit card on file with this company. I pay for my orders using COD as they arrive at my business. This may be an option for you to discuss with your rep.

Personally, if I decided to use a credit card for payment, I wouldn't have any problem sending a copy to ***EDITED***. They are the second largest dvd wholesaler in the country. I don't know if there is much difference in giving a supplier your credit card number and sending them a copy, other than a copy allows them to verify you actually have the card in your possession. It is most likely a safeguard for them to prevent unauthorized card use.

Another option you can consider is giving them a credit card versus a debit card. If someone makes an unauthorized charge on your debit card, the money is immediately withdrawn from your bank account. It can take months to get this money replaced. You can completely avoid this problem by using a credit card.

Good Luck,

Brent Crouch

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