Questions tagged [credit-card]

Credit cards are unstructured debt accounts linked to a plastic card that allows the holder to make purchases from retailers that accept the card. Common credit card networks in the U.S. include Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.

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Credit card details stolen every 1-2 years. What am I doing wrong? [duplicate]

Background I just had my credit card canceled because of fraud. This is actually a perfectly normal occurrence for me, which is the impetus behind this question. The card in question was only about ...
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Is a credit or debit card refund is technically-speaking the same as a wire transfer?

I am trying to figure out some categories to encompass some sort of money transfers / transactions but my banking "expertise" is falling short. Ok what I am trying to group are the things below: ...
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Credit Card Security: First six + last four digits

A company asked me to provide the first six digits of my credit card, along with the last four, to identify a credit charge to my account. I'm wondering - that's ten of sixteen digits. How secure is ...
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I don't understand secured credit cards

I was trying to explain to people in Europe the obsession with the credit score in North America and the topic of secured cards came up. I know the concept, but unless the goal is to abuse people in ...
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What can I do if I believe I made a debit card purchase from a fraudulent site

I made a purchase (via a debit card but without the PIN, so I believe that falls under credit card rules) and upon further investigation I'm pretty sure the site is fake and will shut down without a ...
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Cannot pay enough to mitigate late/overdue fees on credit card. What is the best way to handle this?

I've tried working with a credit card company over late fees/debt. I can of course make some payments, but they're always lower than the overdue fees they continuously charge. In other words I'm ...
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What happens when I make a purchase on a credit card after the promotional purchase window but before interest is due?

Sorry for the poor question title. I couldn't think of a better way to word it. Suppose I have a credit card that offers a promotional no interest for 12 months on purchases made in the first 60 ...
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Is it normal to be asked to include detailed financial information on a home rental application?

I'm submitting a rental application for a privately-owned townhome in North Dakota, US. The application asks for more detailed financial information than I have ever had to provide on past ...
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Bank Investment Data in USA

Is data on investment practices of banks publicly available? If so, how can it be accessed? If not, are there any strategies to determine how a bank invests it's money?
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Figuring out a way to reduce credit card spend due to memorizing the card number

I have been fairly good at controlling my credit card spend, but occasionally I spend more than I intend (online). I am not in any kind of debt, and I come out positive at the end of the month, but I ...
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Getting a refund with different-currency credit card

If I have a US Credit Card and I make a purchase in Canada, I know I won't get the BEST exchange rate. But if I return whatever I purchase and the store initiates the refund process, will I get a full ...
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Avoiding currency exchange fees on credit card security deposits

I recently did a warranty exchange with a $25 service fee: I gave $500 deposit on my VISA card. They shipped the replacement. I returned the old item. They refunded $475 to my VISA card. which from ...
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How to handle taxes by using credit card app (Square)

My old workplace wanted to contract me in to help with some on going issues they had. They ended up having me sign up to square which is a credit card service that charges a small fee when you charge ...
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Why do I have to accept a lower rate on my credit card?

I opened a credit card a few years ago and have been making full on-time payments the entire time (it's never carried a balance). I logged into my bank today and there was a page that said I have ...
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Used car loan and number of credit cards

My credit history is almost 6 months old and I have a score of around 700 now. I got my first credit card 6 months ago and two weeks ago I got another credit card. Last day I got prequalified for a ...
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Card Locking and Credit Score

My wife and I are trying to build up her credit, so we decided to: Add her as an authorized user to my Card A, which is about 10 years old and currently my only form of credit. I'll call hers Card B ...
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How often to check credit card statement

How often should a person check their credit card statement to make sure that they don't fall victim to a wrong charge or cc fraud?
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Can I open a US bank account even if I don't live in the country?

I'm Swedish, but living in Switzerland at the moment. Can I open a US bank account? Either when in the US on vacation or through the internet/phone? There are lots of situations when I find myself in ...
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Are banks discontinuing single-use virtual credit card numbers (like BofA's ShopSafe)?

I found this old question / answer that refer to the same problem: I used to generate a new virtual credit card number with BofA's ShopSafe service, set the credit limit / expiration date and I could ...
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UK - wife declined for credit card due to pregnancy

My wife was recently declined for a credit card based solely on the fact she is 6 months pregnant and will soon be on maternity leave. The scenario details are as follows: Application was made in ...
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Would the minimum payment or full CC amount be considered monthly debt?

Based on Is rent considered a debt? The question of: What is your total monthly debt payment (e.g. student loans, vehicles, credit cards, personal loans, etc.)? got me thinking. If you rack up $...
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US hotel asks for CVV when checking in

I have reserved a budget motel in the US over booking.com. I live in Europe. Upon checking in, I was asked for my ID and credit card, like everywhere else. For a bit of increased security, I've ...
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Charges from Dollar General have never shown up on my debit card. How can I resolve this?

During the summer of 2016 I lived by a Dollar General and went there about once a week. I only had a debit card then and paid for everything this way. DG was notable in that I never had to enter my ...
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Do businesses save their customers' credit card information until the payment is finalized?

Paying by credit card is sometimes a multi-step process. In some of those cases, only the initial authorization is made at the point of sale; the finalized transactions are usually entered as a batch ...
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Credit card minimum monthly payment

I am opening a new credit card and am not sure exactly what this clause means: Your Minimum Payment Each Month. Each billing cycle, you must pay at least the Minimum Payment Due shown on ...
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Applying for first Credit Card in USA (International Student/Teacher)

I have been in the U.S. for the past 1 year and since then I just have a Wells Fargo Debit card. Recently I tried to apply for an American Express credit card (applied online) but I got rejected. ...
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Verified by Visa - payment site is asking for social security number

I've wanted to pay a merchant in the European Union. We've done business with that merchant for over 10 years and they are absolutely trustworthy. They handle their online credit card payment service ...
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How do I transfer funds from MY OWN card to MY OWN personal bank account?

Would anyone please be so kind to explain me how (where) could I transfer funds from my own debit and/or credit (particularly debit) card issued by X bank (USA) to my own personal checking bank ...
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Is it safe to give credit card first 6 numbers+ last 4 over email? [duplicate]

A company that I had previously had a subscription with and cancelled continues to charge me, so I contact their support team and they say that their system shows me to be cancelled. They have asked ...
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14/45 day notice

On 1 March I receive the 45-day notification stating that higher interest rate will be charged on any new transactions made after 14 days from the date of the notice. On 10 March I made a $100 ...
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Change credit card, keep age of credit line?

I have two credit cards that charge fees and have significantly downgraded their value to me. In both cases I would like to switch to no-fee versions of the same card, but I don't want to reduce my ...
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Paying by credit-card online without transmitting your real name (in Europe)? (state authorities tracking/verification are no problem)

I’m looking for a way to make online purchases (video games/streaming-services/etc)/donations without transmitting my name/similarly identifying info. Apparently in US you could use privacy.com or ...
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Declining Binding Arbitration on credit card accounts

Recently Chase was making a change to its user agreement and was automatically assuming your consent to abide by binding arbitration unless you opted out explicitly by sending them a snail mail with a ...
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Will my credit score go down if I don’t borrow money for few years?

My credit score is relatively high. Due to personal circumstances I don’t intend to use my credit cards for the next 3 years. I won’t be getting any loans either. At the moment I have no debt at all, ...
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I won USD 50K! Now what should I do with it?

I won a sweepstakes and will be getting USD 50k...it is verified that it is legitimate although no taxes have been taken out so I will have to claim this income on my taxes next year, they will send a ...
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How soon can I close Amazon rewards credit card after opening?

I got the card today for the $70 sign up 'Gift Card', only have 2 other credit cards with $5,000+ limits with $0 balance on both and want to know when I can close the Amazon account. I only spent ....
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What does high credit utilization really mean?

I've heard and read that high utilization of credit hurts, but what does that mean exactly? Does that mean high utilization month-to-month, or simply high utilization at all, even when paid off in ...
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How do credit card companies decide the amount of principal to charge interest on the revolving account?

EDIT: This question is not a duplicate of When to pay a credit card in order to avoid fees/penalties/interest? as that question asks how to avoid interest, as to where I am asking which amount of ...
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Impact of Spending Cash/Debit vs Credit Card on Debt to Income Ratio

Since debt-to-income ratio (dti) is an important factor in determining one's creditworthiness especially for mortgage rates, it is clear that one should keep the monthly recurring debt and credit card ...
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Can I cancel a credit card without negatively affecting my credit?

Some background: I have no debt, have never carried a balance on the card, and have never used more than 10-15% of the credit limit per month. I'd much prefer to pay with debit/cash, but I got the ...
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Are prepaid credit cards a form of secured loan?

I was reading about different factors that determines credit score. One of them is having a "good credit mix" (IE having a healthy mix of secured (such as home loan, auto loan) and unsecured loans (...
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"Discover® Identity Alerts (is there a downside to this free service)

I got the offer today. Other companies have made similar offers. Is there a downside to this kind of thing? Are they getting some sort of access that they will somehow market some junk to me? Here's ...
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What's the difference when asked for “debit or credit” by a store when using credit and debit cards?

When purchasing something in a store with a credit card or a debit card, the cashier may ask "credit or debit"? I was wondering what the point is using a credit card in a "debit" way? How is it ...
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Ways you can end up paying extra on a credit card even if you pay the full amount back in due time

If you are a financially responsible person, you know how a credit card works, you pay back the loans in full before the due date, you don't take out money form the ATM or otherwise do something that ...
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Equifax data breach and correct credit monitoring service for $125

for the Equifax Data Breach , there is $125 being paid for people affected , previously one only needed to choose and the cash portion or the credit monitoring by Equifax. As most of the people has ...
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Why use credit card rewards for vendor credit not cash?

Some credit cards (e.g. Capital One, Chase) have rewards programs for using their cards, which can either be used for cash (credit to the credit card itself) or for 3rd party vendor credit (a gift ...
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How to improve credit score and borrow money

I had pretty good credit rating, in October 2016 I was offered discount which i took but to my surprise, it was a credit card check that after checking decreased my credit rating. In December 2016, I ...
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Dispute Of Unauthorized Transaction on CANCELLED card?

I have two questions regarding the dispute request of an unauthorized (fraudulent) transaction. If the answer depends on whether the card is credit or debit then kindly tell me. First question: The ...
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Fraudulent online order, we but we don't recognize the card

My son just turned 18. Someone gained access to his Walmart account and placed an order for ~$120. The order was processed and shipped to a trailer park in San Jose. The billing address is our address ...
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What should I expect when applying for credit?

EDIT: It has been suggested that this question is a duplicate of Personal loan while unemployed?. In fact it is not a duplicate of that question, because I'm not asking about getting a personal loan ...