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Credit Card Skimmers at Local Gas Stations

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Credit Card Skimmers at Local Gas Stations

You should always be very cautious when using your debit card.  Be familiar with situations where card skimmers have been tampered with to access your secure information.  We also need to be more aware of card readers when paying at the pump for gas. Here’s why. There are some valuable tips: Make sure the card reader isn’t loose. That’s a dead giveaway it’s been tampered with. Look for the taped security seal around the card reader. Most Importantly …… use a credit card.  Don’t give someone access to your funds with a debit card. If something...

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Don’t be the next victim

Posted by on 6:07 pm in Featured, News | 0 comments

Don’t be the next victim

    Here we are at the end of December and all we have been talking about since August is EMV (European Master Card and Visa).  The news has been chocked full of situations where credit cards are still being skimmed and fraudulently used. Here is an NBC2 News Report where a local Cape Coral woman watched her email and text alerts as her Pay Pal Debit card was racking up transactions at a Toys R Us, Best Buy and local merchants. There wasn’t a thing she could do about it. Crooks aren’t stupid.   They pounce and prey when they know...

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Holiday Safety Tips

Posted by on 10:29 pm in News, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Holiday Safety Tips

These tips are good for the Holidays but I utilize them all year long. When you’re Out Shopping: Don’t carry a lot of cash, use a credit card for purchases. Place all your purchases in the trunk of you vehicle. Place anything of value inside your vehicle out of site or in the trunk. Don’t park your car in an unlit area, and make sure you’re not fumbling for keys and with packages to get in your car, especially at night. Utilizing an ATM: Don’t go when it’s dark. Don’t get out of your car if you don’t have to, use the drive thru if possible....

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Wheel of Misfortune

Posted by on 6:14 pm in News | 0 comments

Wheel of Misfortune

    I’m sure most of you are aware of the popular game show with Vanna White and Pat Sajak, Wheel of Fortune. That’s where game show contestants try to solve a puzzle and ask Pat if they can buy a vowel in order to get more clues. Well each time I’ve entered a chain store that I have come across here in Florida and in my travels to Wisconsin, I have to laugh and say, “Pat, can I please buy a CLUE?”  That’s because these retailers have conveniently placed red tape over their EMV (European Master Card and Visa) Chip reader devices....

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Before the Ball Drops

Posted by on 7:55 pm in News | 0 comments

Before the Ball Drops

  There is still time before the ball drops and we enter another wonderful year. If you’ve been utilizing an older credit card terminal that is not Europay Master Card and Visa (EMV) compatible because you’re afraid of the expense. Now’s the time.  “LEASE!” I’m sure you and your accountant are aware of the tax benefits (Section 179) you can receive by leasing.  I am. I just leased a brand new 2015 Acura TLX for the same price as my 3 year old TSX. There was no money down, no need to replace the old tires with new ones on the TSX, no need...

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Virtual Gift Cards? Seriously

Posted by on 9:05 pm in News | 0 comments

Virtual Gift Cards? Seriously

  WOW! I didn’t even know these existed until I personally received one. A friend of mine sent me a virtual gift card via text to a local boutique in my neighborhood. It was a thank you gift for taking care of her pet while she was away. I was so excited I decided to use it right away. Needless to say I spent over 100% of the total gift card. Of course that’s what always happens with a good gift card. It’s such a rewarding feeling, it seems like I saved 50% off my total purchase. At least that’s the way most women feel with a gift card....

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Thank you Veterans

Posted by on 8:40 pm in News | 0 comments

Thank you Veterans

Today we would like to take a moment to thank all the men and women who have served and continue to serve this great country.  We salute you.

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Be ready for the holidays with EMV

Posted by on 9:00 pm in News | 0 comments

Be ready for the holidays with EMV

  Be ready for the holidays with EMV! Embrace it as it will protect you from potential chargebacks. Three simple steps to protect your business from credit card fraud liability: Update your terminal to accept EMV. Add a mobile device with chip protection. Background your employees.  Common fraud can come from within. Watch this video for more EMV basics. We have the tools you need to protect your business, your clients and your employees.  Call us today. Can you afford the loss? I can’t. Send me a copy of your EMV Partner...

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Nightmare on Elm Street

Posted by on 8:44 pm in News | 0 comments

Nightmare on Elm Street

  With Halloween in the air this seems appropriate, only it wasn’t a Freddy Krueger Nightmare is was a shopping one. All I’ve been hearing about lately is Pin & Chip, Pin & Chip, Pin & Chip.  I was unclear about Pin & Chip credit card processing until I had some friends come to Florida from Wisconsin for a long weekend. They wanted to hit some of the local shops for silly tchotchkes, T-Shirts, visors and things like that. So I took them to the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs, where we had a lovely Greek meal and hit the...

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Penny Wise and Dollar Foolish

Posted by on 7:53 pm in Featured, News | 0 comments

Penny Wise and Dollar Foolish

I’m realizing that merchants are not taking EMV aka European Master Card and Visa very seriously. CSI along with our sister company eGuarded, had the pleasure of displaying our wares at the Tampa Boat Show this past weekend. I determined in conversations with merchants that they really don’t care and are not the least bit concerned about the impact EMV can have on their business. Paddleboard, Jelly, Coolie, and Retail Clothing vendors at this show all think that these systems the Square, Pay Pal, and Intuit meet their needs just fine. GUESS...

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