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

Will Apple Enter the Mobile Wallet Fight?

Apple is rumored to be making plans for a mobile wallet to be launched this fall. This would allow current iPhone users to pay for physical items with their phones through an Apple-based software program. Apple is currently talking with … 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

Visa Checkout Aims to be Faster Than a Mobile Wallet

Visa's new mobile application, known as Visa Checkout, hopes to speed up the checkout process for mobile phone users. Visa Checkout looks similar to V.me, which was launched in 2011. However, this program functions in an entirely new way, acting … 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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

American Express CEO Earns $22 Million in Incentives

American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault is now ranked as one of the highest paid chief executive officers in the country. His total compensation for 2013 was $24.4 million, with only $2 million of that coming from his actual salary. Chenault's … Continue reading

Visa and MasterCard Stop Servicing Several Russian Banks

The sanctions imposed by the US Government on Russia for their annexation of Crimea are now starting to affect the common Russian citizen. Visa and MasterCard have stopped processing transactions by cardholders at several Russian banks that have been earmarked … 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

Visa and MasterCard Set Deadline for Chip and PIN Credit Cards

Visa and MasterCard have officially set a deadline for retailers to adopt to EMV (chip and PIN) credit card technology. By October 2015, all stores will be expected to accept these kinds of cards if they want to accept Visa … 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

Why the United States Hasn’t Changed Its Credit Card System

With the recent data breaches at Target, Neiman Marcus and Michaels, many consumers are asking why the United States has been so slow to move away from the magnetic strip credit card. Europe has made great strides to adopt chip … 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

The Move to EMV Credit Cards

For years, the United States has lagged behind the rest of the world on moving to more secure EMV credit cards. Consumers have not asked for them, so credit card issuers and retailers have not made the costly switch. But the recent data thefts at … Continue reading

MasterCard Profits from Google Wallet

The launch of Google Wallet is benefiting more than just Google. It's putting money onto MasterCard's income statement, too. The Google Wallet is a digital substitute for an actual wallet, storing all your credit, debit and gift cards. It is backed … Continue reading

How to Choose a Mobile Wallet

Mobile wallets are changing the way people make purchases. Rather than carrying around a wallet full of cards and money, all someone needs is a cell phone to pay for the things he wants. With the number of mobile wallet … 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

Retail Group Appeals Swipe Fee Settlement

After a federal judge approved the $5.7 billion settlement over interchange fees between credit card companies and retailers, the National Retail Federation has filed an appeal, claiming that the current settlement is "flawed." "The settlement does nothing to reform the … 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

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

U.S Bank to Begin Issuing American Express Credit Cards

U.S. Bank announced today that it will begin offering credit cards accepted on the American Express network in the fall of 2014. The cards will be available to bank customers in the 3,088 branches of U.S. Bank, as well as … Continue reading

Credit Card Companies Ban Online Betting

Credit card companies are beginning to block online gambling charges, just as web-based casinos are becoming legal in the United States. Delaware and Nevada currently allow internet gambling in their borders, and officials in New Jersey are discussing the subject. … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–November 8, 2013

MasterCard 3rd-Quarter Net Rises 14% on Increased Purchases MasterCard said third-quarter earnings rose 14% as spending on its credit and debit cards continued to grow. MasterCard, like its larger rival Visa, operates a payments network that processes transactions made on … 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

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–November 1, 2013

Slithering Theater Thief Gets 16 Years in Connecticut A Philadelphia man who authorities say crawled along movie theater floors to steal credit cards from women's purses has been sentenced in federal court in Connecticut to 16 years in prison. Prosecutors … Continue reading

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–October 25, 2013

Russian Credit Card Firm Jumps After IPO The initial public offering for Oleg Tinkov’s credit card company in Russion raised $1.1 billion, valuing the company at about $3.2 billion. Mr. Tinkov said he got the idea for the credit card business after … Continue reading

American Express Allows New Yorkers to Use Rewards for Cab Fare

American Express cardholders can now use their rewards points to pay taxi fares in New York City. The partnership with VeriFone will allow cardholders to redeem their Membership Rewards Points just like they are making a credit card payment. At the time for payment, American … Continue reading

The History of the Credit Card

Technology, innovation and social media are bringing changes to credit card payments. Consumers have been slow to adapt to these changes, but that should not come as a shock. History shows that methods of payment change and evolve slowly. Until … Continue reading

13 Members of Anonymous Indicted For Attacks on Websites

Last Thursday, 13 members of the hacking group called Anonymous were indicted by a U.S. grand jury on charges of coordinating attacks against government, credit card and lobbying websites. The websites affected were against ­anti-piracy groups and financial institutions unwilling to process donations … Continue reading

Credit Card Processor Ends Relationship with Gun Store

Hyatt Gun Shop, one of the nation's largest gun stores, has had a four-year relationship with its credit card processing company, Authorize.net. But the processor has recently decided to cut ties with Charlotte-based Hyatt. Why the sudden change? Because the … Continue reading

Interchange Fees Cut in France

The battle surrounding the interchange fee continues throughout the world, not just in the United States. In France, the French Competition Authority has reached an agreement with Visa and MasterCard to cut the swipe fees by nearly half. These are … Continue reading

Final Hearing Today on Swipe Fee Battle

The eight-year legal battle over interchange fees will culminate in a final hearing today in a Brooklyn federal court. U.S. District Judge John Gleeson will hear arguments on whether to give final approval to what is believed to be the … Continue reading