poot_rootbeer: Zip code is being collected for credit card validation; under some circumstances, though, it's not actually used.Also, I'd guarantee that Redbox isn't storing any card info including zip code, thy just pass it through to their payment processor. Consumerist editors talking out their asses again.
mr_a: Gas pumps seem to catch it more than anything else
foo monkey: poot_rootbeer: Zip code is being collected for credit card validation; under some circumstances, though, it's not actually used.Also, I'd guarantee that Redbox isn't storing any card info including zip code, thy just pass it through to their payment processor. Consumerist editors talking out their asses again.It makes perfect sense and is good software design. It's built into the Redbox UI and passed back to Redbox's servers. Redbox isn't paying extra to have the zip code verification,via their payment processor. However, by acquiring it at the point of sale, they have the option of changing the back-end interface with the payment processor, without rolling out new software to physical Red Boxes.Measure twice. Cut once.
SpinStopper: I use 90125. It always seems to work ;)
nytmare: Well then you should contact Consumerist with your handy first-hand info, that not even Redbox themselves would divulge.
ZMugg: Has anyone tried entering 17921 for a zip code? That was the zip for Centralia Pa.
sure haven't: Canadian here. Whenever I'm in the states and try to fill up- well first of all why are ALL Your gas pumps pay before you pump?? Did everyone start stealing gas or something? There isn't one single pump where I DON'T have to pay first (none that I've found anyways, so that means it isn't available anywhere ;) )Anyways, putting my card in, it never recognizes that it's Canadian, and then asks for a zip code. I enter 90210, and it comes back with an error. Then I try to enter my postal code hoping that it'll understand the alphanumerical-ness. No dice. So I have to walk my ass inside, pay at the cash, then go out and pump gas. However you better guess right, because they won't refund your card. You have to call and get your cc company to fight them for it./I had a point here somewhere...
poot_rootbeer: nytmare: Well then you should contact Consumerist with your handy first-hand info, that not even Redbox themselves would divulge. Do you honestly think there's a greater than zero chance that Redbox got to be the company it is today without having their payment systems audited and verified for PCI compliance?
MrHappyRotter: I can't recall the last time I got gas at a station where the machine didn't ask for my zip.When I first started encountering those types of pumps, I thought it was a little odd. Asking for a zip just doesn't seem like it's a high barrier of security. More of a speed bump that might stop a minute amount of unauthorized transactions.But as has already been stated, if you were going to try and use a stolen or lost card, more likely than not, it seems like you'd have a good idea of what the zip code(s) in the area are. It wouldn't take many tries to figure it out. Hell, even if you didn't know the local zip code, at most gas stations, you might even be able to figure it out from the fact that those will be the number keys with the most evidence of wear and tear.
PortsmouthFarker: Please explain for a confused foreigner the whole "debit/credit" thing...Here we just put the card in a reader, enter the PIN and it's done. None of this pissing around with choosing credit or debit.
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