Card transactions by proxy

Ian Batten igb at
Mon Apr 4 08:40:56 BST 2011

On 4 Apr 2011, at 08:05, Mary Hawking wrote:

> Every online transaction I make seems to ask for the security code - I'd
> supposed it was in place of the PIN.
> Is it just asked for on Visa cards?

No, it's asked for with mastercards and amex (where it's four digits, and on the front of the card rather than the rear).

I don't feel inclined to book a hotel just to find out, but I'm pretty certain they are an exception.


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