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Your ZIP code is your business

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"Your ZIP code is your business

Most store clerks who ask for your ZIP code aren't concerned with security. They want to use it to sell you more stuff."

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Re: Your ZIP code is your business

Generally true, but as the article notes gas pumps are a major exception.  A while back, shortly after making several big-ticket purchases I bought gas.  When I got home, there was a message from the Security department of the credit card company on the phone.  They explained that a pay-at-the-pump fuel purchase right after a large purchase had triggered an alert, so they just wanted to verify that our big purchases were legit.  They said crooks like to use a fuel purchase to test whether a stolen card still works.


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