Before you travel abroad, make sure you tell your credit card company where you're going and when - or else, when you try to use your credit card in a foreign country, as a result of their anti-fraud security systems (or ignorant cashiers) you may find your card being refused or even blocked. Even in this age of international travel.
Those systems which guard against credit card fraud are hairtrigger with some credit card companies, let me tell you - I've even had my card refused in London when I've gone out for a shopping trip in town and wanted to buy lots of stuff in one day. (Like my posts, I tend to do my shopping all together in one go - apparently that's a no no according to the monitoring technology which watches for unusual card use). It would certainly not be fun to be away from home travelling, with no way to use your credit card.
Reported in The Times 8 October 2005.
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