Truncate/masking credit card numbers on receipts.

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Truncate/masking credit card numbers on receipts.

Postby Mogul of Pineapples » Sat Oct 11, 2008 2:44 pm

Most larger retail chains already do this but many of the mom and pop shops don't. They sometimes print the entire credit card numbers and information on the receipts. This is a nuisance for the customer because they often take the time to destroy it. However what's most dangerous is the original copies of the receipt that the store keeps. If those have the full numbers printed on them they have the potential to be a big problem if their documents were lost or stolen.

Thankfully starting January 1st, all internal credit card receipts and related documents in California will be required to have the numbers either truncated or masked with asterisks or X's except for the last four digits.

This law is long overdue. It's frightening to think that in much of the 90's full credit card numbers were printed on receipts, even by major merchants. It's amazing we didn't have more fraud than we did back then!
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Postby fffresh » Sun Oct 12, 2008 2:22 am

This is nothing new. The FTC initiated a similar nationwide measure in 2007 requiring businesses to show no more than the last five numbers of the card.

This new initiative in California must only be in regards to internal business sales receipts which may record card information.

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Postby kiboko » Mon Oct 20, 2008 12:26 am

i still know tons of places that don't hide the numbers. my dry cleaners being one.

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Postby Floppster » Thu Oct 23, 2008 8:46 pm

That is why I love my shredder so much :)
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