How can I make sure underage children aren't buying my products?
However, you may be able to learn from the ultimate goal of the new software: Delaying the transaction to provide the merchant ample time to verify that the transaction is legitimate and made by the real, adult purchaser. Among the steps you may be able to program in connection with your shopping card are: (1) have a verification page that requires purchasers to confirm that they are over the age of 18 and have the authority to make the purchase before you accept the credit card information; (2) seeing if your credit card software can require a telephone number as further verification; (3) have an "opt-in" link that sends a notice to the email address provided once again confirming that the purchaser made the purchase and (once again) verifying the age and authority to use the credit card; or (4) making a confirming phone call to the telephone number associated with the card before delivering the services. Check with an attorney in your area; the falsification of the verification could be enough to warrant criminal or civil penalties against the children making the purchases.
Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. is an award-winning New York City attorney, edutainer and author. Under her Ask The Business Lawyer brand, she reaches thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners with her legal services, professional speaking, information products, and LexAppeal weekly ezine. She also writes the Making It Legal blog.