About Natalie Rutledge

Natalie Rutledge majored in Communications at Mississippi State University. She was in sales for a number of businesses and spent nine years working as a communications advisor to various entities. Natalie can be contacted directly at natalie@lowcards.com

How To Use A Chip And Pin Or EMV Credit Card

EMV cards are named for the credit card companies that developed the security system—EuroPay, MasterCard, and Visa. EMV cards are sometimes referred to as chip and pin cards. The great majority of credit cards issued in the United States operate … Continue reading

Credit Card Fraud on the Rise before EMV Switchover

With America on the verge of converting to EMV credit cards in the next few years, fraudsters are trying to get in on last-minute scams. This is particularly true for credit card thieves in Europe, who consider the unsecure American … Continue reading

Credit Card Knives Pose New Threats to Airport Security

The TSA is now being confronted with a new challenge in the battle to keep our airports secure: credit card knives. The small knife folds down into the shape of a standard credit card which easily fits into your wallet. … Continue reading

Restaurant Payment App Gets $5.5 Million in Funding

The Cover app, which allows you to eat and run and then pay by a smartphone app, recently raised $5.5 million for its development. The company managed to raise a Series A round led by Spark Capital. Cover works a … Continue reading

ACE Cash Express Ordered to Pay $10 Million for Bullying Payday Borrowers

The Consumer Federal Protection Bureau has ordered one of the country's largest payday lenders, ACE Cash Express, to pay $10 million in fines and refunds for bullying their customers to make their monthly loan payments. Consumers have reported that ACE … Continue reading

Back to School Offer Gives Students $100 Apple Gift Card

To prepare for the upcoming school year, Apple is offering $50 or $100 gift cards to students and teachers who make purchases at their stores. The gift cards can be used for future purchases at Apple stores, which guarantees business for the … Continue reading

Visa And MasterCard Can No Longer Block Russian Clients

A new law that went into effect in Russia on July 1st no longer allows Visa or MasterCard to block Russian clients from using their credit cards. This ruling is the result of a new national payment system that ensures … Continue reading

Scan Credit Cards into Google Play to Pay for Apps

Google Play is getting a major makeover when its 5.0 version comes out. Among the many features to be added to the program, Google will now allow you to scan credit cards into your phone to pay for apps you want … Continue reading

Paying Off Credit Card Debt–A Great “Investment” You Can Make

We all know that investing money is a good idea because it typically grows over time, leading to long-term profits. When someone says "investments," we usually think of stocks, bonds and mutual funds. Paying off your credit card debt may … Continue reading

Common Ways Thieves Steal Your Identity (And How You Can Prevent Them)

If you are worried about thieves trying to steal your identity, there are a variety of steps you can take to protect your personal data and critical information. There are a plethora of different technologies you can buy to keep … Continue reading

World Cup Fans Spent $27 Million on Visa Cards in First 4 Days

Just four days into the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, Visa cardholders have already made $27 million in transactions. This is 73% more money than what was spent during the same four-day period in Brazil last year. U.S. travelers … Continue reading

What Is The Difference Between Chase Slate And Chase Freedom?

If you are searching for a credit card, you have two excellent choices with the Chase Freedom® and the Chase Slate® cards. Both cards have a number of perks you can use to your benefit, in addition to being great … Continue reading

Capital One Looking to Hire Bitcoin Expert

Credit card giant Capital One is currently seeking a Bitcoin savvy expert to give them insight into the influence the cryptocurrency may have on the financial world. While Bitcoin may not yet be considered a direct competitor for Capital One and … Continue reading

Teen Steals Credit Card to Rent $12 Million Vacation Home

A 19-year-old in California was charged with credit card fraud last week after he used a stolen card to rent a $12 million vacation home for $27,000. The teen also spent $13,000 renting a 2012 McLaren sports car worth $240,000. … Continue reading

Five New York Men Charged for Large-Scale Credit Card Scheme

Five men in New York are facing trial for aggravated identity theft and conspiracy to commit access device fraud stemming from a credit card scheme that spanned from April 2013 to April 2014. The five men in question bought the … Continue reading

Get Affordable Roadside Assistance from Your Credit Card Company

Did you know that many credit card companies offer discounts on roadside assistance? Indeed, a number of issuers may offer this service at lower prices than your local automobile club or car manufacturer. If you are ever in need of … Continue reading

Man Admits Role in $200 Million International Credit Card Fraud

A man from New York has officially confessed to his role in a $200 million credit card scandal that spread over several continents. Khawaja Ikram pled guilty in court to conspiracy to commit bank fraud. Ikram was originally charged in … Continue reading

Top 6 Credit Cards For Bad Credit

Most individuals with poor credit don’t have a lot of options when it comes to credit cards. In fact, most people with bad credit don’t even apply for a credit card for fear of being rejected. But that doesn’t have … Continue reading

Subway Worker Sues over Required Payroll Debit Card

Workers in nearly 30 Subway fast food restaurants in Texas are allegedly being forced to accept their pay through a payroll debit card, something that is illegal under federal law. One employee has filed a class action lawsuit against the … Continue reading

Do You Want A Lower Credit Card Interest Rate? Then Just Ask!

High Credit Card Rates Aren’t Fun Ask anyone that is in debt and they’ll tell you—high interest rates are not fun. When it comes to credit cards, interest rates can be significantly higher than other forms of debt, such as … Continue reading

PayPal Becomes Payment Option for Google Play Store

Smartphone consumers who do not wish to pay for Android apps with their credit cards can now use PayPal instead. PayPal is considered one of the most trusted ways to pay for items online, and now it has teamed up with … Continue reading

BillGuard App Alerts Credit Card Users of Data Breaches

Want to know about a potential credit card breach before the news hits the mainstream media? A new app for Android users may allow you to do just that. It's called BillGuard, and it is designed to alert you of … Continue reading

Wells Fargo to Launch Two Credit Cards for Big Spenders

Wells Fargo is looking to attract a more affluent customer base by launching two new credit cards. The cards are designed for current Wells Fargo customers who are heavy spenders or who travel often. Propel World and Propel 365 offer a … Continue reading

Thief Steals Credit Card from Police Officer–And Gets Away

If you are going to steal a credit card, you may not want to take one from a law enforcement officer. But that did not stop a drunk Johnny Anthony Cervantes. According to surveillance video, Cervantes took a female officer's … Continue reading

Chase Launches New Business Rewards Credit Card

Frequent Marriott visitors may now have a new incentive to book their rooms. Chase Card Services launched a new Marriott Rewards Premier Visa Signature Business Credit Card, which gives small business owners a chance to earn accelerated Marriott Rewards points … Continue reading

Card-Free ATMs Coming to Australia

Australian banks are taking a new spin on ATM technology by offering ATMs that do not require a debit or credit card. Within the coming months, cardholders across the continent will be able to pull money out of an ATM simply … Continue reading

Declined Transactions Hurting Revenue from Online Gambling in New Jersey

New Jersey voters approved online gambling in November, and it seems to have gone over well with a majority of the state's residents. Governor Chris Christie originally estimated that the gambling industry would bring in $1 billion in revenue for … Continue reading

Orbitz Launches Visa Cash Back Rewards Card

Travel site Orbitz has introduced its own cash back Visa card. This is similar to the Travelocity card from American Express or the Expedia card from Citi Bank. The Orbitz card offers cardholders cash back, not rewards points. Technically, users … Continue reading

Sun Country Airlines Launching Frequent Fliers Card

In an effort to stay up with the competition, Sun Country Airlines is boosting its Ufly frequent flier program with a Visa card. The card is expected to help regular travelers save money on their flights by earning rewards. The … Continue reading

Wallaby’s Chrome Extension Recommends Credit Cards for Online Shopping

Wallaby's credit card rewards optimization program has now made its way to Google Chrome. The company has developed an extension that tells consumers which credit card to use when shopping online so the rewards are maximized. The extension works by … Continue reading

“God” Sues Equifax for Glitch in Credit Score

A man by the name of God Gazarov is suing Equifax for displaying that he has no financial history because the credit reporting agency's system will not accept his name--God. Despite the fact that he has a score over 720 with … Continue reading

Prepaid Card for Bitcoins Introduced

Bitcoin enthusiasts may have a new way to get access to their favorite digital currency. A company called Prepaid Bitcoin has developed a new product--a prepaid card for Bitcoins. The new card allows users to pay for Bitcoins in four … Continue reading

PayPal Here Redesigned to Accept Chip-and-PIN Credit Cards in Australia

PayPal Here is a mobile app and bluetooth device which allows small businesses in Australia to accept credit cards on their smartphones. The new model is designed to work with chip and PIN cards. Users will not have to plug … Continue reading

Walmart Sues Visa for $5 Billion over Interchange Fees

Walmart is suing Visa for $5 billion over credit card swipe fees they believe the credit card processor illegally inflated. The complaint was filed with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas. You may remember a similar suit … Continue reading

Global Payments Teams up with MasterPass

The international payment processing provider Global Payments Inc. is now working with MasterPass for digital payments. The company believes that this partnership could take their services to an entirely new level, allowing them to make their way into online sales. "Online … Continue reading

Investigation Continues into Possible Credit Card Breach at California DMV

The California Department of Motor Vehicles continues to investigate a possible debit and credit card breach which may have taken place on online transactions between August 2013 and January 2014. The DMV believes that there may have been security problems … Continue reading

Retailers Feeling Pressure of 2015 Chip and PIN Deadline

October 2015 may seem like a date far off in the future, but it is too close for retailers needing to upgrade their card payment processors. Merchants who fail to complete the transition before the deadline will be held responsible … Continue reading

Chase Bank Accused of Robo-Signing Credit Card Collections

Robo-signing exploded onto the news during the housing crisis when banks were accused of automatically signing default papers without properly reviewing them. Now, the robo-signing controversy is spilling over to another financial product--credit cards. A consumer, Ruth Moya of Miami, … Continue reading

Expiration Dates Dropped on Some Store Credit Cards

Some private-label credit cards, like those issued by Macy's, may be dropping their expiration dates in the coming years. Expiration dates on bank-issued credit cards are used for several reasons. Some issuers take this as an opportunity to review a … Continue reading

American Express Announces Support for Startups at SXSW

American Express announced several new initiatives at the recent South by Southwest Interactive Festival, including a plan to support the country's startup businesses that help all Americans gain access to the mainstream financial system. The company will also sponsor a documentary … Continue reading

How to Get Your Tax Refund Quickly

Some Americans actually look forward to filing their income taxes because they know they will get a refund. No matter how large or small your tax refund may be, it still feels great to get money back. There are some … Continue reading

Sally Beauty Victim of Huge Card Breach

Yet another retailer appears to have fallen victim to a large-scale card hack. This time, it is Sally Beauty Supply stores. According to security expert Brian Krebs, over 280,000 debit and credit cards have been stolen and sold on an underground … Continue reading

Sears Investigating Possible Credit Card Breach

With the help of the Secret Service, Sears is currently sifting through its computer data to look for traces of possible card breaches in their system. This action is heightened by the number of massive credit card hacks over the … Continue reading

MasterCard Working on Credit Card Security Tied to Smartphones

MasterCard is teaming up with mobile technology company Syniverse to provide heightened credit card security through smartphones. The group is working on a program that will only allow credit cards to work when they are in close proximity to the … Continue reading

Build Credit with Your Tax Refund

Tax refund checks will soon be rolling in, and some of them will likely go to "unnecessary" purchases--that new iPad you've been drooling over, or the big party you've been wanting to throw. While there is no shame in spending … Continue reading

Chase Changes Deposit Policies to Combat Money Laundering

Need to make a cash deposit into another person's Chase account? If so, you may have to get a little creative. Beginning in February, Chase put a stop to depositing cash into someone else's account. Now, only the account holder … Continue reading

iPhone Users Gain Access to Isis Mobile Wallet

iPhone users no longer have to miss out on the convenience of the Isis Mobile Wallet, thanks to a new case offered by Verizon Wireless. Isis has long been available on select Android devices, but iPhones lacked the chip necessary to … Continue reading

Consumers Can Mask Credit Card Numbers with New App

A new app on the market known as Do Not Track Me allows cardholders to mask their credit card numbers when paying at the checkout counter. Doing so may effectively limit identity theft by blocking important information about an account. The … Continue reading

Credit Card Thief Tries to Eat the Evidence

A hotel receptionist in Manchester, England was recently convicted of selling his customers' credit card information after a police officer found him trying to eat the evidence. The officer noticed the man and thought he was trying to swallow drugs. … Continue reading

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