LowCards Exclusive Study: Identity Theft Concerns Shifting Shopping Habits of Americans

Identity theft has become a major concern for the American consumer and is now having a significant impact on their shopping habits. These are the findings of an exclusive survey conducted on over 400 random individuals by LowCards.com.   Nearly 46% of … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–July 11, 2014

Report Says Debt Settlement Companies May Leave Customers Worse Off Using a settlement company to help you dig out from underneath burdensome debt may sound appealing, but it may leave you worse off than when you started, according to new … Continue reading

Expresscoin Expands Bitcoin Trading to Canada

Digital currency retailer Expresscoin has expanded into the Canadian market. This marks the first expansion for the company outside of the United States. Expresscoin, which allows consumers to buy and sell Bitcoin and other altcoins, is one of the only companies to offer … Continue reading

New Card Scam Targets People On Jury Duty

A new credit card scam in Texas is targeting people eligible for jury duty. Residents are accused of missing jury duty and then asked to pay a fine over the phone with a prepaid debit card. According to Terry Grisham, … Continue reading

Debit Card Usage Increasing Despite Recent Data Breaches

The 2014 Debit Issuer Study from PULSE showed a consistent growth in consumer and business debit card use in 2013, despite the data breaches that have taken place in the past year. 14% of all debit cards were exposed in … 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

What Is Chip And Pin Credit Card Technology?

The credit card breaches at major retailers such as Target, Michaels and Neiman Marcus have rocked consumer confidence regarding their financial information. That is why credit card companies are rapidly investing in new technology to make their products more secure. … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–June 20, 2014

Suze Orman's Approved Prepaid Debit Cards are Quietly Discontinued Suze Orman is quietly getting out of the payments business. Starting July 1, Ms. Orman's Approved card, a prepaid debit card aimed at budget-challenged consumers, will no longer work, according to … Continue reading

Substantial Increase in Credit Card Use During Last 12 Months

Credit card use has taken a significant jump in the past year, according to new research from First Data Corp. From May 2013 to May 2014, credit card usage increased 4.9%. During that same time, PIN debit card jumped by … Continue reading

Credit Card Fraud May Also Be in Play at World Cup

Events like the World Cup are breeding grounds for credit card breaches, so soccer fans are being warned about using their cards during the popular event. The World Cup is taking place over the next month throughout 12 locations in Brazil, … Continue reading

10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Identity Theft

Identity theft has become one of the biggest concerns for Americans. However, it is also one of the most misunderstood subjects among consumers. We are always looking for ways to protect ourselves from fraud. Credit card fraud or identity theft … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–June 13, 2014

Credit Card Use Surges in AprilAmerican consumers threw caution to the wind in April and ran up their credit-card balances at the fastest pace in almost 13 years. The amount of outstanding revolving credit--a figure that’s mostly credit card debt--rose … Continue reading

PF Chang’s Investigates Possible Card Breach

Another well-known company has been the possible victim of a debit and credit card breach. PF Chang’s China Bistro, which operates restaurants throughout the country, reported Tuesday that they are investigating a card breach that may have occurred from March … Continue reading

Bitcoin Debit Card to Launch This Month

The much anticipated Bitcoin debit card from Xapo is set to launch sometime this month. The card will be accepted anywhere major debit or credit cards are accepted, though Xapo has not released the name of the card network it … Continue reading

AT&T Develops New Program to Help Prevent Credit Card Fraud

AT&T will pilot a new service that could help credit card companies prevent fraud. The program will let the credit card company know the current location of the accountholder based on the location of his or her phone. If that … Continue reading

Who Pays For Fraudulent Credit Card Transactions?

Credit card fraud is an issue that affects a number of different parties. Credit cardholders, banks, merchants and the scammer are all involved in a process that can take weeks or even months to fully resolve. The best way to … Continue reading

Visa To Set Standards for Prepaid Cards

Visa is planning to create a designation for its prepaid debit cards that meet "consumer friendly standards." The goal is to assist consumers in picking the right prepaid card for their needs. Currently, there are no rules about how prepaid cards must disclose their … Continue reading

Important Things To Do After Your Credit Card Number Is Stolen

Have you had your credit card stolen? Are you worried that someone might be using your identity to make purchases? This can be an intensely frustrating situation, but the first thing that you should do is stay calm. This will … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–June 6, 2014

Debt Collectors Have Figured Out a Way to Seize Your Wages and SavingsPeople with overdue bills have long complained of harassment from debt collectors, from late-night phone calls to frightening in-person visits. Now it appears the industry has found far … Continue reading

The Ultimate Guide To The Best Credit Cards Of 2014

If you are interested getting a credit card, you’ll want to have all of the facts before you make a critical decision. Getting a credit card is a big step for most consumers, and too many people make that choice … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–May 30, 2014

Correcting Your Credit Report Gets Easier You just got more of a say in fixing errors on your credit report. Pushed by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, major credit reporting companies Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion have changed their complaint systems … 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

Data Breach Hits 11 Casinos

Affinity Gaming operates a number of casinos in four different states, and the company has announced another data breach that could affect many of its loyal patrons. Affinity Gaming said they have found evidence of a hack on the casino's … 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

Consumer Survey Shows Growing Concern over Security of Financial Information

According to the Unisys Security Index Report, an increasing number of Americans are "very" concerned about the security of their financial information. Only 28% of Americans said they were "very" concerned in 2013, but 35% reported the same level of … Continue reading

Ten Ways To Prevent Identity Theft In 2014

There are always going to be people who try to steal your identity or credit cards. The key to protecting your critical financial and personal information is to be proactive in keeping them safe. While there are ways to limit … 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

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–May 2, 2014

After Data Breach, Target Plans to Issue More Secure Chip-and-PIN Cards Still pushing to right itself after an enormous data breach by cybercriminals, Target announced that it would switch its debit and credit cards over to a more secure technology … Continue reading

Target Switching to Chip-and-PIN Cards after Massive Breach

In order to improve the security of its debit and credit cards, Target will begin issuing chip-and-PIN cards in early 2015. The company said yesterday that it will replace its entire REDcard portfolio, including all Target-branded debit and credit cards, … Continue reading

$200 Billion Spent on Prepaid Cards in 2014

Prepaid cards saw a big spike after the economy took a downturn a few years ago, and now we are starting to see the effects of that spike. By the end of 2014, the total money spent on prepaid cards … Continue reading

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