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I didn't know these fraud protection measures existed within the US, but they are not uncommon in Europe. They even became more strict recently. In general I am quite happy with this protection. Only three years ago, my bank called me if it is possible that I withdrew money from Brussels and Chicago on the same day. I guess this happened on a regular base ...


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I live between Japan and the US, and travel regularly in Europe and SE Asia. My American bank issued credit cards regularly get blocked for suspected fraud (I should not that two cards have actually been defrauded before). My solution is to have three credit cards and two debit/check cards spread across two banks so that I always have a backup, and also its ...


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When it comes down to it, it's often a people problem rather than a system problem. Someone could accidentally write down the note and forget to press the button, or mis-read a flag on your account. With HSBC in the UK, I travelled to all sorts of countries without notifying them, and despite their 'security', never got flagged or blocked. South Africa, ...


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Try calling them when you're at the ATM.. they have some very tetchy fraud protection algorithms these days.. We found my traveling companion's card rejected due to some weird issue but they were able reset the flag on her account with a fairly brief phone call. Based on your experience though, a backup method of getting cash would seem to be in order.


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It would be wise to obtain MAD from an ATM after your arrive. Using your bank card at a local ATM will get the best exchange rates, minus a small fee. Some banks will refund this fee to you, so check the terms on your account. To find an ATM, check whether your card is part of the PLUS (Visa) network or the Cirrus (MasterCard) network. If it's part of either ...



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