Leading Provider of Campus Debit Cards under Investigation

Higher One Holdings, the leading provider of campus debit cards in America, could be under investigation by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. According to the Huffington Post, this investigation accuses Higher One of using "unfair and deceptive practices" against its … Continue reading

Michaels Breach Exposed Nearly 3 Million Cards

Michaels, the nation's largest arts and crafts chain, said that nearly three million debit and credit cards may have been exposed in their data breach. The company said that the data security attack has been contained. The company reported that … 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

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–March 28, 2014

Why So Many Retail Stores Get Hacked for Credit Card Data When a big retailer gets hacked, it's often quick to note that it has complied with cybersecurity rules set by the credit card industry. MasterCard, Visa and other card … 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

American Express Invests in International Mobile Credit Card Processor

Credit card giant American Express recently bought in a minority stake in India-based Ezetap, a mobile credit card processor that accepts both magnetic and chip-and-PIN cards with a simple dongle. Ezetap is similar to American-based Square since both devices process credit … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–March 21, 2014

Consumers Not Powerless in Face of Credit Card Fraud Most card companies already have custom alerts and other features that not enough consumers use. Then there's something that all cards should have but most don't--an on/off switch accessible from a … Continue reading

GAO Studying Changes to Student Debit Cards

Many college campuses now offer debit cards students can use to access their excess financial aid. These cards promise faster payments and better convenience over the traditional check. But students need to be aware of the fees with these cards. … Continue reading

Neiman Marcus Sued after Data Breach

An Illinois woman is suing Neiman Marcus as a result of the 2013 data hack. She is seeking money on behalf of the 350,000 customers whose lives were affected by this breach. "Neiman Marcus has placed the burden on aggrieved … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–March 14, 2014

How Target Blew It Poring over computer logs, Target found FireEye's alerts from November 30 and more from December 2, when hackers installed yet another version of the malware. Not only should those alarms have been impossible to miss, they … 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

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–March 7, 2014

Another Day, Another Retailer in a Massive Credit Card Breach The corporate hacks keep coming. The latest target, according to cybersecurity blogger Brian Krebs, is the beauty supply chain Sally Beauty, a retailer that draws customers from salons and other … Continue reading

Target Profits Tumble After Breach

Even though research shows consumers are rather indifferent to the Target breach, the retail giant did experience a significant profit loss in the fourth quarter of 2013. Revenue fell 5.3% during that time, but profits were down 46%. Part of the … Continue reading

Possible Card Breach with Chicago Taxis

First American Bank is encouraging people in the Chicago area not to use debit or credit cards in Chicago taxicabs. The company has tracked down multiple cases of fraud involving customers who used their cards to pay their cab fare, … Continue reading

Target Shoppers Rather Indifferent to Massive Card Breach

The card breach that hit 40 million Target customers in late 2013 does not appear to have damaged the shopping habits of the store's consumers. While it did cause many people to take a closer look at their accounts, the … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–February 28, 2014

Financial, Retail Industries Keep Cybersecurity Mistakes and Punishments Secret Even as cyberthreats grow in frequency and sophistication, the system for ensuring payment card security in the United States remains a closely guarded arrangement among the credit card networks who set … 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

Target May Have Ignored Security Issues Before Hack

According to the Wall Street Journal, Target may have been forewarned about security issues a full two months before the hack on 40 million debit and credit cards took place. Warnings apparently came from both government and private research firms … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–February 14, 2014

Target Data Breach Pits Banks Against Retailers Banks and big retailers are locked in a debate over the breach of consumer data that gripped Target during the holiday season. At issue: Which industry bears more responsibility for protecting consumers' personal … Continue reading

Prepaid Debit Cards Not Just for Unbanked Consumers

Prepaid debit cards are most often associated with unbanked consumers who use the cards to receive direct deposits or store their money securely. A surprising new study from Pew Charitable Trusts indicates that may not be the case anymore. According … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–January 31, 2014

Were You Charged $9.84? It Might Be Fraud Be on the lookout for a recent $9.84 charge on your debit or credit card. It might be part of a massive, worldwide scam. Thieves are using stolen payment cards to make … Continue reading

Feds Bust Online Counterfeit Credit Card Operation

Federal authorities have arrested three Florida men for running a major online operation that printed and sold fake credit cards and debit cards that resulted in an estimated $34.5 million in fraud losses. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office in … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–January 24, 2014

Hackers Took Sneaky Path Into Target Customers' Wallets It was, in essence, a cybercriminal's dream. For months, an amorphous group of Eastern European hackers had been poking around the networks of major U.S. retailers, searching for loose portals that would … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–January 17, 2014

Millions Getting New Debit, Credit Cards After Target Hack Millions of consumers are being sent new credit and debit cards in the wake of the recent security breach that hit as many as 110 million Target customers. JPMorgan Chase announced … Continue reading

Citi Replacing All Debit Cards Affected by Massive Target Breach

The fallout from the Target data breach continues. Citi will replace every debit card that consumers may have used at Target during the time of the cyber attacks, according to the New York Times. Citi will not replace any credit … Continue reading

Dangerous Places to Use Your Debit Card

Consumers are understandably reluctant to use their debit and credit cards due to the recent data breaches that have taken place at Target and Neiman Marcus. For some people though, using a debit card is a way of life, the … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–January 10, 2014

Target: Up to 70 Million More Customers Were Hit by December Data Breach Target said Friday that the massive cyber attack it suffered during the height of the holiday shopping season may have affected an additional 70 million customers and … Continue reading

Target Breach Much Worse Than Reported

The news keeps getting worse for Target. Already the victim of one of the largest data breaches in history, the company disclosed this morning that certain personal information was compromised on up to 70 million shoppers during November and December. … Continue reading

Special Benefits of a Prepaid Card

Just about anyone can get a prepaid card, but many people believe they are only used as a gift or by people who cannot quality for a credit card. You may not realize some of the special benefits that prepaid … Continue reading

Top 10 Signs of Identity Theft

Recent security breaches at Target, Skype and Snapchat show that identity theft has become a major problem in our society. Unfortunately, personal information, email, credit cards and bank accounts are not as private and protected as we think. It is … Continue reading

Green Dot Prepaid Card Scams on the Rise

Green Dot prepaid cards have become a new target for scammers, who are tricking customers into sharing information about these cards on the phone or online. Green Dot MoneyPak cardholders are issued a PIN just like normal debit cards, and … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–January 3, 2014

Six Credit Card Trends to Watch in 2014 During and immediately after the financial crisis, credit card issuers tightened up lending standards and lowered credit limits to protect themselves. "They had given credit to too many people and approved people … Continue reading

How Banks Are Responding to Massive Target Breach

The security breach that took place in Target stores during the peak holiday shopping season hurt more than the giant retailer. It created substantial headaches for the banks and issuers behind the 40 million accounts with additional costs of fraud … Continue reading

Brazil Raises Tax on Debit Card Purchases Abroad

Brazilians traveling abroad will now have to pay much higher taxes on their debit card purchases while they are in other countries. The Brazilian government is raising the international financial operations (IOF) tax from 0.38% to 6.38% as we enter 2014. … Continue reading

Top 10 Credit Card Stories of 2013

Identity theft and actions by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau dominated the credit card headlines in 2013. Below are the Top 10 news stories of the year in the credit card industry. One of the largest data breaches in history … Continue reading

Are Credit Cards Safer than Debit Cards?

With the new year approaching, some consumers make a resolution to cut up their credit cards and use only their debit cards. While doing this will enable you to just spend the money you have, you need to consider the … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–December 27, 2013

American Express To Pay $75 Million Over Credit Card Practices The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has ordered American Express to pay more than $75 million to settle claims that it charged improper fees and misled its credit card customers over … Continue reading

Chase Raises Limits on Debit Cards Used at Target Stores

On Saturday, JP Morgan Chase became the first major bank to place limitations on their customers’ debit cards that were possibly affected by the Target security breach. Chase placed a daily limit of $300 in purchases and $100 in cash … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–December 20, 2013

Target Says 40 Million Credit, Debit Cards May Have Been Compromised in Security Breach Target said Thursday that credit and debit card account information for 40 million of its customers may have been stolen during the height of the holiday … Continue reading

40 Million Card Accounts Affected by Security Breach at Target

A new data breach at almost all Target stores across the country could be one of the largest data breaches in history. The breach may have affected as many as 40 million people who used their credit or debit cards … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–December 13, 2013

Mobile Banks Gaining Popularity with Young Consumers The new alternative banks work with traditional banks to hold deposits, so the money in your account is FDIC-insured. GoBank is the mobile banking arm of the Green Dot Corporation, which holds the … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–November 22, 2013

Retailers Use Deals to Get You Connected Head into the mall this holiday season, and you won't just be bombarded by 50% off signs or two-for-one deals. Once you hit the cash register, someone is bound to tempt you with … Continue reading

Save on Holiday Shopping Using Credit Card Rewards

The holidays are here, and soon consumers will be hitting the malls and emptying their wallets. Last year, consumers spent an average of $786 on holiday gifts. According to the National Retail Federation’s holiday spending survey, nearly 75% of the … Continue reading

Coin Could Replace Every Card in Your Wallet

Ever feel like your wallet is bogged down with too many cards? Wouldn't it be great if there was a way to consolidate all of your credit, debit and gift cards into a single card? With Coin, that may not … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–November 15, 2013

Credit Card Debt Declines for Fourth Straight Month U.S. credit card balances declined for the fourth consecutive month in September, suggesting rising caution among the nation's consumers. Revolving credit, which largely reflects money owed on credit cards, fell by a … Continue reading

Dwolla Drastically Reduces Credit Card Processing Fees

Most consumers swipe their credit cards without a second thought, not realizing they're costing a business money in doing so. Business owners have to pay processing fees for every credit card transaction that comes through. These interchange or swipe fees … Continue reading

MasterCard Profits Rise While Visa Income Falls

MasterCard's third-quarter profits jumped 14% over second quarter results, while Visa's profits declined 28% during this time. Much of MasterCard's success comes from two factors: its global expansion during the past few years and a worldwide transition from cash to … Continue reading

Bizarre Ways to Hurt Your Credit Score

We all know that having an unpaid bill could result in a lower credit score. This makes sense. What you might not know is that an overdue library book or a rental car reservation could have an impact on your … Continue reading

Wife of Seattle Mariners’ Outfielder Allegedly Charged $180,000 on Teammate’s Debit Card

Credit and debit card fraud can hit even the rich and famous. The wife of a part-time Seattle Mariners outfielder allegedly used the debit card of his star teammate's wife to charge almost $180,000 from the online store of Saks Fifth Avenue. … Continue reading