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Credit cards suddenly need PIN codes?

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Credit cards suddenly need PIN codes?

Post Posted: Sun Apr 06, 2008 8:16 pm

Hi all --

I'm just wondering if anyone else is having problems with their credit cards suddenly needing a PIN code where none was needed before? I've used my cards (a couple, from different US banks) for months with no PIN code here in Marrakech -- and I never need a code in the States -- but suddenly Marjane, ACIMA and Aswak Asalaam have all been asking for PIN codes. Restaurants continue to take the card without a code, so I have to think this is the result of some "upgrade" to the credit card system used by the grocery stores. Has anyone else run into this? I can't convince the cashiers (who don't really care to deal with the issue) that I've been charging things for months without a code and actually don't have a code, but I'd much rather keep using my card than have to pay cash for everything.

I did write my credit card company to get a PIN code, but for my card, the PIN is just used for cash advances so I'm not even sure if that code's going to work... we'll see, and I'm not making huge purchases at the supermarches anymore so it's not a huge deal, but it's weird that this suddenly started happening within the past week at all three stores. Anyone else run into this? How have you dealt with it?

Thanks!
-Kilrathi

 

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Re: Credit cards suddenly need PIN codes?

Post Posted: Sun Apr 06, 2008 8:39 pm

I certainly ran into the same thing in the UK a couple of years ago. I think there was a kind of grace period where you could continue to sign for things rather than PIN but I'm not even sure you can do that any more. If your system is similar to that in the UK, though, then I'd expect the PIN for cash advances to work for payments too (might be best to double-check before trying though!)


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