Re: Wake up call
you used to place your card in a mechanical machine rather than electronic, which made a reasonable clone of your card
Which, in some places, you still can. The retailers hate it becuase the credit card company then transfers any liability to them..
So, if you use a chip 'n pin card and it's dodgy, the credit card company still pays the vendor. If the vendor uses a swipe-machine on a dodgy card, the vendor doesn't get paid by the CC company.
Which is why most vendors don't do swipe-card any more.