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Old 03-25-2011, 09:07 AM   #11
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The reason is a credit card does not necessarily have a PIN number as a debit card does, so in reality what the computer does is validate your credit card against your billing address zip code
Hmmmm So I guess looking up a zip near by and using it won't do much good. Actually it might actually hurt your efforts.
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Old 03-25-2011, 10:43 AM   #12
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Use the numbers. in your postal code and add 2 zeros. This usually works
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Old 03-25-2011, 11:20 AM   #13
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I just think it stinks that the same card won't swipe twice at some places. Multiple cards to fill up. Up to 75 gallons x 4 bucks a gallon.... $300......4 cards?
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My wife and I are both dual citizens (U.S. and Canada) and we travel back and forth all the time, so I know this works. A Canadian postal code has 3 letters and three numbers...like C1A 8W5. When the pump asks you for your "zip" code, just enter the three NUMBERsof your billing postal code in order and add 99...so in this example you would enter 18599...it has never failed to work for us.
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Old 03-25-2011, 01:19 PM   #15
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Well I guess that disproves the theory that they're cross-checking your credit card against my billing address zip code.

I have a legit zip code from a U.S. business I use for shipping parcels so I'll just use that in a pinch.
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I had this problem in New York state, if there was a non numerical digit in my "zip" code, I would have to pay inside. To me that said, if you're Canadian, pay inside. I put the gas cap back on and drove a mile down the road to the Topps station that took my credit card at the pump, no problem.
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I can verify that the 3 mumbers from your postal code plus 2 zeros will usually work as I have used it often in several states. Old Guys
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Just back from 2 months in the southern US. I used the numbers from my postal code and added two zeros. This worked about 3/4 of the time.
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Old 04-06-2011, 08:49 AM   #19
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I checked my notes and yes this method is right and I used it many times. My previous post on this subject is incorrect as I wrote it from memory

I can't go back and edit it for some reason though .....

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Just back from 2 months in the southern US. I used the numbers from my postal code and added two zeros. This worked about 3/4 of the time.
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Old 04-13-2011, 04:35 PM   #20
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Just back from 2 months in the southern US. I used the numbers from my postal code and added two zeros. This worked about 3/4 of the time.
I only had a chance to try it once; but it didn't work.

Makes me wonder; the cashier has to interact with the customer twice; and I would say I spent at least twice as long at the pump as I do in Canada. I wonder what the cost is to the station vs. what they lose from drive-offs.
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