Same amount of hassle? Again, you got to be kidding me. Writing check = DOB, numerical amount, written amount, date, signature, matching name with picture I.D. with face, name of person/body receiving check vs. CC = sign receipt, matching CC name with face and name on I.D. And true fraud prevention? Again, I submit the Visa Basics which are the tools I'm technically supposed to use. And yes, I actually do do this and trust me I'm not convinced most of them really work. These are the tools to fraud prevention I would like to emphasize the 1. Check the signatures to see if they match (and trust me, I've seen only two that reasonbly match, 2. make them sign the card if back is left blank, and 3. make people sign their cards if See I.D. is on the back. Now by Merchant Agreement, a consumer has not followed their own steps to a valid card, and I do no accept the card. So which side of the ball should I play on?