I had to sign in Maplin today, which surprised me. I gather that the only effect of the big 14th Feb hoo-hah was that traders who have C&P cannot accept signatures (unless their tills crash of course!)
although it's in all our interests to use PINs instead of signing card transaction slips.
Not all transitions work perfectly however, and this is a case in point. Shell UK have suspended all chip and PIN transactions in their wholly-owned petrol stations, pending the resolution of an enquiry into an organised fraud that has been discovered in one area of the country. It seems that the card readers themselves may have been less than secure in this case, although details are (understandably) sketchy.
Even though the card authorities are stating that the chip & pin is a massive success, there are still some retailers (even well known outlets) who are not convinced that is the case. There are a number of outlets that are still using signatures for sales purposes. Simple example in the local pet store, due to terminal connection failure. All customers were signing for goods, and the owner was not a happy bunny (sorry for the pun), due to his new contract for using credit cards. Chip & Pin was the order of the day, and nothing else, the clearing house was not going to accept any responsibilities for signature sales.
Considering that at least half his sales are credit/ debit card transactions, more so higher value products, what can he do, if the problem is not of his making. Like he states more often, the way things are going, he may need to consider selling up, so making himself, his family and nine staff redundant.
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