LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–December 12, 2014

Bebe Stores Confirms Credit Card Breach Women's clothier chain Bebe stores inc. confirmed that hackers had stolen customer card data from stores across the country in a breach that persisted for several weeks last month. Bebe stores said its investigation … Continue reading

MasterCard to Enter Canada’s Debit Card Market in 2015

MasterCard recently announced it will be entering Canada's debit card market in 2015 in an effort to build its business outside of the United States. Rival Visa already operates in the Canadian debit card market, and it could face heavy … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–December 5, 2014

What Happens When You Swipe Your Card? This holiday shopping season, you might worry that every time you swipe your credit or debit card some criminal might be swiping your account number and with good reason. The number of reported, … Continue reading

Consumers Plan to Use Credit Cards for Holiday Shopping

Americans have seen a number of substantial data breaches since last year's holiday season, but that has not had a major effect on how they plan to pay for their items this Christmas. A new survey from TransUnion shows 80% of … Continue reading

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

Shoppers Just Don't Care About Credit Card Hacks If Target and The Home Depot are still reeling from the collective breach of 96 million customers' credit and debit cards, it didn't show in either company's earnings reports this week. Target … Continue reading

Canada May Allow Merchants to Decline Mobile Card Payments

As mobile payments increase in popularity, merchants in Canada are concerned about a possible increase in fees. As a result, the country's Finance Minister may announce an adjustment in Canada's code of conduct for credit and debit cards, allowing merchants to … Continue reading

Startup Thanx Out to Revolutionize Loyalty Cards

A new startup called Thanx is changing the way loyalty cards work. Consumers use the cards they already have to earn loyalty rewards at their favorite stores, all through a free app on their phones. Thanx is designed to help … Continue reading

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

New Consumer Protections for Prepaid Cards The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is extending many of the financial protections of bank accounts to prepaid cards. New rules proposed Thursday by the federal regulator would require that prepaid card users be protected … Continue reading

Best Buy Replaces MasterCard with Visa for Branded Credit Cards

Best Buy is switching to a new credit card processor in 2015, choosing Visa over MasterCard to handle its co-branded card. Citigroup will remain the card-issuing bank, but Visa will become the processor at the beginning of the year. Reports … Continue reading

Apple Pay’s Biggest Competitor Could be a Totally New Credit Card

Apple Pay is being heralded as a revolutionary new payment system because of its two new security features: tokenization and fingerprint identification. The shocking number of data breaches in the last year have made credit card theft the crime that … Continue reading

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

Here's How the New Chip and PIN Credit Cards Could be DOA A recent Gallup survey found that 69% of Americans worry "frequently" or "occasionally" about having a credit card compromised by computer hackers. It's not shocking. Consumers are becoming … Continue reading

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

Some U.S. Retailers Shun Apple Pay, Eye Rival Payments System Some large U.S. retailers are refusing to use Apple Pay, Apple's new electronic payments service, as they commit to developing a rival payments system that would bolster their profits by … Continue reading

China Will Allow Foreign Companies to Process Credit Card Payments

For the first time, China may be giving foreign companies the opportunity to process credit card payments, according to a Cabinet statement yesterday. This will allow banks in China to issue credit and debit cards through companies like Visa and … Continue reading

MasterCard and Zwipe Launch First Contactless Payment Card with Fingerprint Sensor

MasterCard and Zwipe have teamed up to create the world's first contactless payment card with built-in fingerprint sensor. The card is designed to provide superior security with the help of biometric technology while maintaining the convenience of swipe-free payments. The … Continue reading

Global Credit Card Transactions on the Rise

Global credit card transactions are on the rise, showing a 13% increase from 2012 to 2013. Approximately 205 billion transactions were made on credit cards last year, according to the RBR consulting firm in London. Over the same period, the … Continue reading

TraxPay and MasterCard Take B2B Payments to a Global Level

Traxpay is one of the leading companies in business to business payments, and thanks to MasterCard, it can now provide financial solutions for businesses on a global market. Traxpay currently serves clients in Europe, but it will be able to … Continue reading

Credit Card Processors Help Cyberlockers Distribute Stolen Content

A new report indicates credit card processors, such as Visa and MasterCard, authorize payments on cyberlocker websites that distribute stolen content on the web. The NetNames report done for Digital Citizens Alliance looked at 30 of the biggest cyberlocker sites on … Continue reading

Expedia Expands Loyalty Program With New Branded Credit Cards

Expedia now offers more rewards to its customers, thanks to two new MasterCards. These cards are designed to give customers more reason to travel using Expedia. The new credit cards are part of the company's effort to personalize its users' … Continue reading

Costco Canada Replaces American Express with Capital One

The credit card relationship between Costco Wholesale Canada and American Express will be ending at the end of this year. American Express was the only credit card company accepted at Costco in Canada. In an email sent to their customers … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–September 12, 2014

Apple Pay Could Make you Poorer The new Apple payment system has extraordinary promise. With Apple Pay, you might not need a wallet, and you can leave your credit and debit cards at home. In terms of ease and convenience, … Continue reading

Apple’s Introduction May Lead to the End of the Plastic Credit Card

The date of September 9, 2014 may very well be the beginning of the end of the physical credit card. As we forecasted in June, there is a good chance Apple will announce a watch and/or phone on Tuesday that … Continue reading

MasterCard Reduces Cash Dependence in Zimbabwe with Three Million Debit Cards

MasterCard and EcoCash will help reduce cash dependence in Zimbabwe by providing three million MasterCard debit cards over the next five years. This is the largest rollout of chip and PIN cards in Zimbabwe, and is the first time that … Continue reading

Square Introduces New Reader for Chip-Based Credit Cards

Today, mobile payments company Square announced it has developed a new credit card reader that will make transactions with chip-enabled EMV cards. Square is a credit card reader that plugs into smartphones or tablets, allowing a credit or debit card … Continue reading

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

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–July 18, 2014

Credit Card Fees are Killing Small Businesses There is no real competition in the market for credit and debit card swipe fees. Because Visa and MasterCard control 80% of the card market, they are able to dictate terms. The system … Continue reading

AmEx On Trial Over Credit Card Processing Fees

American Express went on trial yesterday with the U.S. government and 17 states claiming AmEx stifles competition from other credit card companies that charge lower processing fees. The case alleges that American Express will not allow merchants to offer discounts and other … 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

MasterCard Releases Ukash Card in the UK

MasterCard recently released the Ukash Travel Money Prepaid card, which is designed to give UK travelers the lowest foreign exchange rate while they are on vacation. The card has no annual fees, transaction fees or ATM withdrawal fees abroad. The … Continue reading

Understanding Your Credit Card Number

Do you know what the numbers mean on the front of your credit card? Are they just a random accumulation of numbers? Or do they serve a specific purpose? Much like the VIN on your car, credit card numbers are … Continue reading

Top 5 Summer Travel Credit Cards Of 2014

If you are a big summer traveler, you need to learn what credit cards give you the kinds of rewards and perks that match up with your interests. Most travelers are already familiar with credit cards that provide perks for … Continue reading

Hackers Use YouTube to Sell Credit Card Data

YouTube is currently under fire for allowing thousands of videos on their website that promote the sale of stolen credit card data. Many of these videos are seen right next to ads for credit card companies like Visa, MasterCard and … 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

How MasterCard Could Make Big Money from Your Spending Data

MasterCard is expected to see a huge boost in its profit margins by selling data about cardholder spending patterns to banks, retailers and government agencies across the country. MasterCard handles payments for more than two billion cardholders and merchants, and it … 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

MasterCard Extends Zero Liability Policy at the ATM

MasterCard issued a zero liability policy for ATM transactions shortly after the Target card breach last year. Now, the company has decided to extend that policy through the month of October. The current policy protects cardholders when they use their … 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

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–May 23, 2014

Microchips in our Passports and Credit Cards: Are They Safe? U.S. passports have them. And these days, many more U.S. credit cards are starting to carry them, too. The tiny plastic chips embedded in passports and credit cards are primarily … Continue reading

The Move to Chip and Pin Cards Will Not Be Easy

The massive overhaul of the card industry from a magnetic stripe to chip and PIN technology will not be easy. An estimated 1.2 billion debit and credit cards will have to be reissued. In addition, approximately eight million credit card … Continue reading

New App Helps Australian Schools Go Cashless

Commonwealth Bank and MasterCard have developed an app called Qkr to allow Australian parents to pay for school expenses with their mobile phones. Rather than giving their kids cash for school meals and fundraisers, parents can now take care of those costs … 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

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

Rewards Program Manager Pinpoint to be Acquired by MasterCard

In an effort to expand its rewards program, MasterCard will purchase Pinpoint Pty. Ltd. Pinpoint is a loyalty and rewards services provider based in Sydney, Australia. Once the acquisition is completed at the end of the second quarter, Pinpoint’s rewards … Continue reading

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

Heartbleed Threat Puts Passwords, Credit Cards, and Other Data at Risk Passwords, credit cards and other sensitive data are at risk after security researchers discovered a problem with an encryption technology used to securely transmit email, e-commerce transactions, social networking … Continue reading

Walmart Partners with MasterCard for Store Branded Credit Cards

MasterCard will be the new payment network for Walmart’s store-branded credit cards, ending the nine year partnership between Discover and Walmart. MasterCard will also handle all the transactions on the store-branded credit cards for the Sam's club subsidiary. General Electric’s … 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

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