My Credit Card Was Used in Beijing, Ireland?

I tried to make a purchase yesterday using my Chase Sapphire Preferred Credit Card on the Air China website. Unfortunately, the transaction was declined. Within minutes I had an email from Chase alerting me to the potential fraud.   The email said a transaction was declined in Beijing, Ireland. Ireland?  Okay, maybe Air China uses a processor in Ireland – I know from my day job that there are several very large processors in Ireland.  Not the case in this instance. Through some research I was able to find that Air China uses a processor and gateway located in Mainland China.

So, why does Chase think Beijing is in Ireland?  It could be that they’ve got a database issue (I deal with those all day long so I know they’re possible) or, Air China’s merchant account is labeled wrong (given my past experiences with them, that would not surprise me.)

But honestly, I have no clue what the actual answer. In any case, it gave me a good laugh today.

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1 Comment on "My Credit Card Was Used in Beijing, Ireland?"

  1. Use Your Points | June 15, 2013 at 12:51 pm |

    Best to keep those pesky foreign profits outside your country sometimes

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