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Linden Labs made pending payments of $1 for each attempt I made to use my credit card?


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So my credit card won't go into my billing information. After four attempts I gave up and thought just waiting would be the best. Thought it might have something to do with the servers. But later, I find out that Linden Labs is trying to charge my credit card $1 for each attempt. All of them are only pending and I tried to look it up. This question is more just to confirm my short research. Will it actually charge the money while I get nothing in return? Or is it simply an authorization so that Linden Labs can confirm my account and/or credit card company is valid?

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shadecity wrote:

[ .... ]  Or is it simply an 
authorization so that Linden Labs can confirm my account and/or credit card company is valid?

Exactly.  That's standard practice for many companies, including Linden Lab..  Any account you establish with Linden Lab has to meet two requirements: (1) it must be verified and (2) it must be capable of sending and receiving money instantly.  When you register a credit card, Linden Lab tests the first condition by verifying with the card issuer that you have a valid acount.  To test the second condition, they issue a $1 charge against your card and then immediately reverse it so that the money goes right back.  If both transfers succeed, your card is accepted.  If not -- as would be the case if you used a prepaid card, a gift card, or most debit cards -- the card is rejected.  In that case, it takes a little while for the reversed $1 charge to be completed because your card can't make the transfer instantaneously.  It may show as "pending" for a day or two.  Unfortunately, some residents will try submitting the same card several times, even after it has been rejected, so they'll have more than one transaction pending until everything clears.

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