Tactic #1: The “Rate Game”
Tactic #2: The Binding Contract
Tactic #3: Early Termination Fees
Tactic #4: New PCI Fees
Tactic #5: The Bewildering Statement
This post does an excellent job of explaining the pitfalls of these tactics and recommending solutions. Of course you MUST pay attention, ask questions and read the fine print for yourself to identify these tactics. You can NOT rely on “knowing the rep” or the “ … more
Please review the following indicators and be on guard for scams:
Look closely at the sender’s email address – the “from” line in these fraudulent emails usually very closely resembles a legitimate address. Close inspection may reveal unusual characters or structure that may help confirm that the email is fraudulent.
Check email images and graphics – often images and graphics in these fraudulent emails are out of place or incorrect. This results when a fraudulent message attempts to reference an image from a legitimate entity’s … more
The Fed has proposed capping debit-card merchant fees, known as interchange. I’ve been concerned about the unintended consequences for small businesses and community banks. The proposed caps on debit Interchange fees will increase the cost of debit cards for consumers and potentially curtail debit card use (resulting in either lower sales volume or use of higher cost card types). On the drawing board are annual debit card fees of $25 or $30 and limits on the number of debit-card transactions that a customer can make each month or limiting the size of a purchase that a … more
Interchange fees are paid to the banks that issue debit cards when they are accepted for payment. The fees that Visa and MasterCard charge are excluded from this regulation. Yet in question is their business model. Are the card brands value-added service providers or has their success turned them into just another type of utility company that should be regulated by the government?
Visa and MasterCard made headlines on the news with both experiencing major stock price declines. Merrill Lynch speculated that banks will seek financial concessions from Visa and MasterCard to make up for lost debit … more
In a history making live webcast, the Federal Reserve Board announced proposed debit card Interchange rates and rules under the controversial Durbin amendment of the Dodd-Frank financial reform act. Noting the short time frame provided by the bill to undertake such an important and complex issue, the Fed voted unanimously to submit proposed debit rule recommendations for public comment.
In the debate over fees, the Fed is looking for input on the provision requiring debit Interchange to be “reasonable and proportional” to the cost that card issuers incur. The Fed is proposing to two alternatives: a $0.07 safe harbor price along with a $0.12 cap or a $0.12 cap for all transactions. … more
My mobile device would become my digital checkbook and registry. At my business I would write digitally originated checks straight from my accounting, CRM or ERP system. For proof of payment and for my own record keeping I would get the cancelled check image returned with my bank statement.
Anyone who … more
As reported in the WSJ, mega banks are “exploring prepaid cards as a way to make up revenue that will likely be lost from federal restrictions on debt cards.” In our blog post under the section “Exemptions for government administered cards & reloadable prepaid cards” we envisioned the compromise exempting reloadable prepaid debit cards from Interchange regulation under the Dodd-Frank financial-overhaul bill would result in “banks moving more and more consumers to exempt prepaid card … more
Small Business Saturday Initiatives include:
A major social media campaign to spread the word about Small Business Saturday and encourage people to give shout-outs for their favorite local shops and restaurants via Facebook and Twitter.
The 1st ten … more