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

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

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

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

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

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

LowCards.com Weekly Credit Card Update–August 22, 2014

Visa Wants to Make it Even Harder for Thieves to Buy Gas with Your Credit Card Gas stations are among the easiest places for crooks to use stolen credit cards. Pumps are usually unattended, so all the thieves have to … Continue reading

New Visa Service Helps Gas Stations Combat Credit Card Fraud

Visa is helping gas stations fight credit card fraud through a new program known as the Visa Transaction Advisor. This system uses intelligent analytics to identify purchases that have a high risk of being fraudulent. Self-serve gas stations are known … Continue reading

Visa Invests in LoopPay Mobile Wallet

Visa is investing in mobile wallet app LoopPay, a mobile payment solution accepted at a majority of retail point-of-sale terminals. LoopPay is designed to turn a phone into a credit card to swipe at a register. The app uses a traditional … 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

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