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There is no legitimate reason why the hostel should ask this. What is going on here is that charging the credit card without CVC code will incur more costs for the hostel. These costs could be lower if the hostel has a good record. Presumably the hostel has yet to prove that the way they conduct their business is secure enough for the credit card company ...


Giving out your security code via a non secure connection is a very bad idea. By doing this you essentially turn your bank account into a self-service account. Storing the CVV code in any form is against the PCI DSS Requirements (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard), and by sending it via email it will be stored on someones computer which might ...

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