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    I've mailed cash before. Some few times that I have for most people it DID get there just fine. For another person who sent me some plants (aquatic) it didn't get there, twice. Now, I have no reason to believe that this person would try to scam an extra $5 out of me, so I have to believe it was someone handling the mail on her end (on mine, I've never had a problem). Lesson learned, though, cash through the mail is a VERY bad idea.

    Ditto on the identity theft. It's FAR more likely that some unscrupulous employee at location X is randomly saving and using or selling the information gained. It's also usually not your id that's stolen, but just your CC (or debit card) number, expiration, name, and CVC. This recently happened to the owner of the company I work for. He was on vacation with his family. As it happens, when they're out, they usually use HIS debit card. Except one morning he had to be out early so his wife took the kids to the same restaurant that they'd been to a day or so before. She used her card for the first time in months, and didn't use it again after that. He happens to check and noticed the few dollar and dime charges before anything bad happened. The thing is, they were doubled, one for each debit card, for services (usually porn site access or something like that), not goods to be shipped. This is how it usually happens, first a charge of a few cents, then a few dollars, then maybe ten or twenty dollars, then the sky's the limit. Another reason why monitoring your accounts PERSONALLY is so important. I've had it happen twice already. The second time, I knew exactly which location was responsible (long story) and went back and complained. Of course, they insisted none of their employees would ever do that. but, as it happened, a few other people in my area also had the problem at around the same time and ALL had been to this particular place within days of it happening. Anyway, long diatribe short, your parents are in more danger of CC theft using their cards face to face than they are, really, online, but nothing you say can, nor should it, change their minds. It's their money and their prerogative to do what they will. So, I'd look at alternatives, like gift cards, before I'd try to talk them into letting you use their cards online.

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    k dods has a point the gift card..... i have gotten them as gifts and used them to buy cps online save up some money and go to the local shopping mart most have them on a rack with phone cards and other gift cards. Dont get one for a specific store find one thats a straight visa or amex gift card, That way u can add more too it in future and the card isnt even atached to your name let alone ss number or anything else.

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    Yup. The ONLY problem is if you lose it, you have no real recourse.

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    Paypal. There is your answer my friend.

    ---------- Post added at 09:31 AM ---------- Previous post was at 09:30 AM ----------

    I'm 14 and my parents really don't care. They do but not if i use paypal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RL7836 View Post
    However, I suspect Raymond will not be able to change his parent's minds - especially if they've had a very traumatic experience with ID theft.
    My parents never had any identity theft, what likely happened is that my mom's coworker got identity theft during the peak years in the mid 2000's. Then she read many articles about how identity theft is getting worse and worse and lost interest in the issue before identity theft declined. Now all she knows is some outdated information which scares her away form online mom and pop stores.
    Last edited by raymond; 04-27-2011 at 07:04 PM. Reason: grammer
    "Think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are stupider than that." --George Carlin

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    A lot of on-line places have phone numbers for people just like your folks. You can call them and order over the phone.
    17 Nash Rd.
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