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erpa
11-26-2014, 07:31 AM
I'm traveling for the holiday and visited a coffee shop. I made a purchase with my credit card, asked for username/password to access the house wifi, and by the time I logged on to my email I already had a receipt from Squareup.com with the amount and details of my purchase. Huh?

OK, my email address is first.last@gmail.com, but I didnt think vendors had access/authorization to electronic information directly from the card transaction.

So, does anyone have the facts on how this process works?

erpa

kayaker
11-26-2014, 08:41 AM
Wow. I share my location with various apps, but I don't think my email is included. Interesting.

jtur88
11-26-2014, 08:48 AM
Gmail. Google's right hand knows everything its left hand is doing. Everything with a G in it is interconnected.

Really Not All That Bright
11-26-2014, 08:59 AM
This is actually less complicated than you think: you previously made a transaction with a merchant using SquareUp and gave that merchant your email. SquareUp stores e-mails associated with credit cards and will automatically send you a receipt for any subsequent transaction with a SquareUp merchant if the merchant has that feature activated.

LSLGuy
11-26-2014, 09:20 AM
This is actually less complicated than you think: you previously made a transaction with a merchant using SquareUp and gave that merchant your email. SquareUp stores e-mails associated with credit cards and will automatically send you a receipt for any subsequent transaction with a SquareUp merchant if the merchant has that feature activated.This.

I've had the same behavior at many merchants where I never gave them any identity information at all; just handed them the same CC I've used for previous Square purchases.

barbitu8
11-26-2014, 03:14 PM
I have an Amex card with Costco and I get a rebate at the end of the year consisting of a percentage of my purchases. Whenever I use that card at any store, gas station, etc. it shows up immediately on my iPhone. Of course Amex has my email address, but I also have KeyRing on my iPhone and the Costco card is one of the cards I scanned. The notice does not appear in my email, just as a notification on my iPhone.

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