Several online stores are now demanding users provide photo ID and a copy of the credit card used to be scanned and sent to them so they can "verify" the payment. After placing an order and successfully entering credit card details the store then places the order on hold. The customer is then in a bind; their credit card has been debited and the transaction successfully posted and authorised but the store will not send the goods until the customer provides their photo ID and more. Some stores even have a page setting out why they 'randomly' ask for customer photo ID and a scan of their credit card. Strangely, the website information can state contradicting information when trying to explain why your photo ID is needed. For example: "But I already gave you my payment details - why do you need anything more? When you pay us your credit card or bank card payment is processed by a third party and not by x directly. Therefore, we have not seen any of your financial details or your credit card details. This is why we have to confirm whether the payment was authorized by the payment account holder or not." This is the store admitting that it sees the customer's credit card information, yet it demands a scan of the credit card and a photo ID before it will release the good for which have been paid for. Buyer beware. Do not send more information to a retailed than is required to complete a transaction. If someone is asking for your photo ID or a scan of your credit card then be prepared to challenge them as to why the additional information is required and demand that the money be refunded if they will not send the goods. The point of using a third party to process payments is to protect both parties.