More and more, we see merchants being approached for”humanitarian” causes with large purchases needed for orphanages, churches, etc. These are uncommon for the business and are usually sent via e-mail.
Merchants are provided with multiple credit cards and are asked to split the sales to get them through. These sales are often invalid. Take the extra step if approached on a Teletypewriter (TTY) line. Unfortunately, another popular method for taking advantage of a merchant is using this device to shield one’s identity. Look for the warning signs and take the proper steps to verify the sale.