Author: Karen Selwyn Date: Jul 25, 2006 11:59
Richard Whitlock wrote:
> 2) I have heard the latest "scam" is that they will process your
> purchases in dollars rather than local currency. This incurs all kinds
> of fees--exchange fees, foreign transaction fees, etc. I was told that
> you needed to make it very clear before turning over your card that you
> want the charge in local currency. Anyone had any experience with this.
> Ireland was mentioned in particular. I'm going to Germany and Prague.
We were in Ireland last month and we encountered the situation you're
describing. We knew we might enounter this and, sure enough, we did.
However, I'm not sure that scam is the right word to describe the
situation. With only one exception, we were always asked if we wanted
the charge processed in Euros or in dollars, and the waiter/store clerk
followed our instructions.