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Millions of Americans are hitting the road this weekend for vacation. While traveling, many of us will stop at gas stations and convenience stores to stretch our legs, grab a bite, and fill our tanks—putting us at risk for skimming fraud. Recent data shows that nonbank ATMs, especially those at convenience stores, are being targeted by thieves using skimmers to pull debit card data. Gas pumps, which do not have to be EMV compliant until October 2017, are also susceptible to skimming. Police around the country are warning consumers about gas pump skimmers. So as you’re hitting the road for your summer vacation, be sure to ask “Got chip?” when you pull out your credit or debit card and dip instead of swiping. Below are helpful tips to protect your information.
We have often warned about the negative effects of interchange fee regulation and specifically a cap on interchange fees. Last year we warned the European Parliament that a proposed EU-wide cap on interchange fees would cause many banks to raise fees and interest rates on all their customers, not just those who use debit or credit cards. We said: Capping interchange fees has been tried in some countries around the world. Despite claims that these efforts were for the benefit of consumers, the real world results have shown the opposite to be true. In every instance, consumers faced higher fees for banking services, a reduction in benefits and services and saw no return in the form of lower prices from merchants despite promises by merchants and policy makers to pass savings to consumers. We also noted in April that banks were already cutting back on card reward schemes. The negative … Continue reading
At first blush, you might well wonder why anyone would be against loyalty programs. Whether you earn points by shopping at a particular store or by using a particular credit card, you are rewarded for your loyalty. Maybe you exchange your points for a discount on airfare for a sun-filled vacation. It’s all voluntary, and everyone involved seems to benefit. Yet several interest groups, such as the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, have recently taken aim at loyalty programs. One criticism is that the benefits consumers receive are not worth as much as what the program operators get out of it. Canadian consumers seem to disagree, as 89% of us adhere to at least one loyalty program.
Chip cards are payment cards that have an embedded chip. Chip cards offer you advanced security when you use the chip to pay in store or at an ATM.
This EMV Migration Forum infographic was designed to answer the key questions surrounding the U.S. migration to EMV chip cards for payment. From this infographic, readers will learn what the migration is and when it will happen; the security features of chip cards; what will change for the consumer; and how the payment process works with chip cards.