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Subject:  Re: Fraud? Date:  11/17/1999  8:02 PM
Author:  tsch Number:  20057 of 312189

I have been to restaurants where the establishment requests authorization over and above the amount of the meal (anticipating the addition of a tip on the receipt). When I check the automated service, the card issuer will note the inflated amount. In other words, while the meal was 40.00 the automated service will say 50.00. Once the receipt is received the inflated amount is lowered to the amount of the meal plus the tip I have authorized on the receipt. Give it a few days, this may be the scenario in this case. Bottom line, once the card issuer sees that you have scratched off the tip and revised the total, the charge should be modified.

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