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comment Will getting a refund from an ESTA scam site cause me to be blacklisted from the US?
@Random832: Here's the point: they'll probably get blacklisted by the CC company as soon as they pull that stunt. So the scammer is likely to do this once, with as many chargebacks as possible. If that includes your application, it will affect you, regardless of whether you triggered it. But yeah, the problem here is that you gave a scammer your CC details plus the opportunity to blackmail you. That is bad no matter how you look at it.
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comment Will getting a refund from an ESTA scam site cause me to be blacklisted from the US?
@Random832: The scammer probably used another CC so that the real ESTA site could charge their $14. Regardless of what the victims do, the scammer can still do a chargeback of those $14. The scammer doesn't lose a lot because they won't be affected by the ESTA ban. The two chargebacks are effectively independent.
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answered Will booking two single tickets onward and return instead of one return pose problems with immigration? Scehngen and UK
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Jul
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comment Why do some countries require everyone entering to see a customs officer, and some don't?
@O.R.Mapper: I was actually thinking of trains, having just travelled to Gare du Nord where the French have to differentiate between Eurostar (to London, outside Schengen) and Thalys (inside Schengen). There are no more checks to board Thalys than there are on domestic trains. I think the customs check on some airports is mostly because those airports get their pax flows mixed up, on small airports with only Schengen flights I think they don't bother you with customs.
Jul
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comment Why do some countries require everyone entering to see a customs officer, and some don't?
It might be useful to mention the Schengen area; within that area border controls are much reduced. So it's not just arriving in France, but also the country you left which explains the lack of border controls.
Jun
27
comment Why are airlines against the transferring of tickets to other persons?
Taxes, however, often are refundable because the conditions for those are set by the authorities. Some other fees may similarly be refundable independent from the ticket.
May
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comment What are the differences between U.S. / Canadian and Euro spec vehicles?
True, but not between US/Canada and Europe. I'd imagine it would be on-topic if the question was about EU versus Russia, which do share a land border.
May
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comment Identification card for foreigners in trains in Germany
@Relaxed: EU passports are machine readable. Most are, in fact. Look at the two lines with <<<< and >>>>. In addition, some passports are even ICAO9303 RFID-enabled.
Apr
20
comment Where is the quietest place on Earth?
Unfortunately, sound travels quite well in water. Hundreds of kilometers in fact. The whale singing overhead might well be heard at the bottom.
Apr
20
comment Where is the quietest place on Earth?
Your phone microphone almost certainly isn't designed to reliably pick up silence, nor extremely loud sounds. That is to say, it will likely generate electronic noise internally which will drown out the ambient sound, or it's Analog-to-Digital converter will just flatline at 0 because the analog input is below 0.5 ULP before rounding.
Apr
7
comment Airway companies that overbook flights, and those that don't overbook
Note that an unplanned change in planes may appear similar to overbooking. Not a problem for Ryanair which flies 737-800's exclusively, but most other operators have multiple plane types and only limited spare planes.
Apr
6
comment How much cash to carry for a conference in the Netherlands?
I think you dropped a 0 on the speeding penalties: you're unlikely to see fines over 350 euros source.
Apr
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comment How much cash to carry for a conference in the Netherlands?
They're rolling out SW updates to handle longer PIN's, but I'd say the majority of ATM's still assumes 4 digits.
Feb
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comment Can I have a sword fight in Scotland?
@MarkMayo: They did wear chain mail armor. The idea of "thick armor" also suggests leather, as 3 centimeters of plate mail would be a rather dumb idea. Plate and chain is supposed to stop sharp-edged weapons, thick leather backed by wool is needed to absorb blunt weapon impact. And for a reenactment as intended here, you'd be using blunted swords anyway.
Jan
19
comment Can I skip my train leg booked with a KLM flight?
Apparently, KLM is quite aggressively applying this rule. This is because there's a huge discount on their Brussels tickets, where KLM does not have a dominant market position.
Jan
4
comment Switzerland's Customs: Will they accept items from TCM (Chinese Medicine)?
No, that wouldn't be a safe assumption. There are many banned substances in powder form. How would customs tell yours apart? Commercial packaging with a description of the ingredients helps, but probably less so if that description is in Chinese.
Jan
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comment Is it a sign of being gay if a male wears a white trousers in the UK?
You may think your visit coincided with London's hot season, but what are the chances of those two days coinciding?
Dec
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comment Are dogs permitted on trains in Netherlands?
Fyra is like Thalys, buy a ticket.