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Online Debit Cards – Online Debit Cards – an Improved Atm Card

Posted on: November 9, 2009

Online debit cards are typically a stepped up version of an ATM (Automatic Teller Machine) card. These are used to purchase goods and services in the same way that they are used in ATM transactions. As soon as the transaction is complete, the funds are electronically transferred from your individual bank account to the bank account of the business. Most checkout stations have a computerized pin pad system that allows you to swipe your card and enter your four digit PIN (Personal Identification Number) just like you would do at an ATM. The system verifies that you have the funds available in your account to pay for the goods or services.

Offline debit cards are different types of cards than online debit cards. These types of cards will typically look just like a traditional credit card and the transaction will follow the same process as a credit card transaction. The merchantâ??s check out station will read your card information and determine that it is a debit card rather than a credit card. It will then generate a debit to your bank account. The key difference is that it will not debit your account immediately. It typically takes about 2 to 3 days for the debit to be applied to your banking account. The majority of the offline debit card transactions are electronically verified to determine if there is enough money in your account to pay for the purchases. A consumer will sign a receipt, similar to a credit card receipt, instead of entering a PIN number into the pin pad device.

The differences between online debit cards and an offline debit cards can be confusing. There are some things to consider before you decide which card will work best for you. For example, does your financial institution charge a transaction fee for purchases made with the debit card and do they charge a monthly fee to use the car? Many merchants only accept cards that require a PIN number to complete the transaction, so this something else you will want to take into consideration. Finally, some people prefer that the online debit card features and the offline debit card features are on two separate cards rather than have both features on one card.

Owners of both online debit cards and offline debit cards, have a responsibility to maintain the security of the card. If your card is stolen, notify your financial institution immediately. If you think that you card number may have been stolen online, report this to your financial institution as well. Keep your receipts in a safe place. Thieves have been to use the information found on debit card receipts to make purchases online or over the phone. Always keep in mind that your card can be in your wallet and still be used fraudulently in cyberspace.

For more information on online debit cards, visit http://www.clevercash.com

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1 Response to "Online Debit Cards – Online Debit Cards – an Improved Atm Card"

Here is a new peppy 1-minute video giving people advice on the responsible use of debit, ATM and credit cards.

“Card Tricks Revealed: How Not To Burn Money”

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