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    Default Credit card online/over the phone

    I don't know if this was a thread already or not, but the debate over posting the contract online got me thinking....

    How many of you accept Credit Cards over the phone or online? Would you? How do you deal with the disputes? What sort of verification do you use to ensure it's not a stolen card?
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    Default Re: Credit card online/over the phone

    We do not take any over the phone, part of that is because of our merchant set up.

    However if it was ok, I wouldn't really see a problem taking it over the phone for current tenants. A lot would depend on the type of area you live in. If you get a lot of parole searches in your complex.....maybe not lol

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    Default Re: Credit card online/over the phone

    It's like I joke with my tenants, I'll never turn away payment on a unit since it keeps me from selling their stuff! If a customer ever gets mad regarding a charge, I offer to reimburse the card that was used. We don't like the chargeback issue, but consider it part of the cost of doing business. For me, it's not too much of a worry. Just something that I was thinking about.
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    Default Re: Credit card online/over the phone

    For years, I have taken CC payments over the phone. If you do, get the code on the back of the card as confirmation that the person has the card in their possession.
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    Default Re: Credit card online/over the phone

    We have very specific guidelines for taking cards

    Phone - only in you have a signed authorization in the office. Change your card, fill out a new form - no exceptions!

    Our online is handled by PPI so they will take care of any issues that crop up.

    In the approximately 3 years we have been taking cards we have only had one dispute (back in our early PayPal days) and after about 6 months it was settled in our favor.

    In the office - if you are not the tenant you better have proper ID or I will not accept the card. You would be surprised (or maybe not ) at how many people try using someone elses card to pay their storage!!!
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    Default Re: Credit card online/over the phone

    We get so few cards that a regular account just isn't worth it so we use a virtual terminal thru Propay.com.
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    Default Re: Credit card online/over the phone

    We accept them over the phone, but, like the great Astro, we get the security code on the back of the card.

    We've never had a problem! *knock on wood*
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    Default Re: Credit card online/over the phone

    After a young lady used Grandma's stolen credit card (how low can you be?) to charge her rent two months in a row, before she was discovered; we're pretty darned strict about credit cards over the phone.

    For the most part, we offer every new rental the option to start auto pay when they initially sign their contract. We sign them up on the spot. If they're hesitant, we point out we have the form in the rental packet for them and encourage them to fax it to us after they determine which credit card they want to use that kicks back the most in benefits.

    On new rentals, we will allow a one-time charge over the phone however, we let them know it's ONE TIME ONLY. They can do the auto pay OR we offer them the option to give us the same form however it goes with the notation & in a separate file that reads; "Charge Per Phone Call Only!"

    This way, we have the info and their signature authorization on file and they are responsible for phoning in and asking us to process their payment. Our form states that it is good for one year from the date of the signing and they must inform us of any changes. People like it, they remember and it works well for us as it lowers the delinquencies. Now if we could just get EVERYONE on auto pay.
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