Credit Cards Blog

Wednesday, December 28, 2011 1:25 pm
By Lucy Lazarony · Bankrate.com

American Express is turning up the heat on Nelly over an unpaid $20,000-plus credit card debt. American Express filed a lawsuit in a Missouri court in October against the rap star, whose real name is Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr. American Express is seeking the payment of a $20,403.64 credit card bill, which they claim Nelly never

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011 5:14 pm
By Lucy Lazarony · Bankrate.com

It was not a merry Christmas for clients and employees of a U.S.-based security think tank. A loose-knit group of computer hackers known as “Anonymous” claimed Sunday to have pilfered thousands of credit card numbers and other personal information belonging to clients of Stratfor, a security analysis firm based in Austin, Texas, according to reports from

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011 2:35 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

A lost or stolen credit card causes all sorts of headaches, stresses and financial uncertainty for a consumer, especially if key parts of your identity are breached. For issuers, losses can run into the millions of dollars, not to mention the cost to invest in prevention measures. But, when it comes right down to it,

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Monday, December 19, 2011 4:58 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Are Americans charging Christmas more this year? Two recent reports suggest so. Last week, Discover Financial Services said sales volume and the total number of transactions rose in its fiscal fourth quarter. The period ended Nov. 30, capturing the beginning of the holiday shopping rush. Executives at the credit card issuer didn’t attribute the increase

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Friday, December 16, 2011 2:00 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Now here’s a head scratcher. The latest numbers from consumer credit advocate CreditKarma.com released Wednesday show that total consumer debt (credit card, mortgage, auto and student loans) dipped more than a half-percent to an average of $223,379 in November from $230,841 at the beginning of this year. The result on the average credit score? A counterintuitive five-point

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Thursday, December 15, 2011 2:31 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

There are many benefits Google Wallet provides: convenience, a lighter back pocket and better security. Wait. The jury is still out on that last one. ViaForensics, a digital forensics and security firm, on Monday released results of its security testing on the search engine giant’s virtual wallet. The results are little scary regarding credit card

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Wednesday, December 14, 2011 5:43 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Call it an apps-polooza. Credit card companies have ramped up their mobile app offerings since this summer, according to a report from Corporate Insight. U.S. Bank, American Express, Citi and Capital One are among the issuers offering new app services.  Here’s a rundown: U.S. Bank unveiled a mobile app for its REI Visa card, which

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011 4:46 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

Have you ever sat at your computer, filling in your credit card info at a virtual checkout, and thought: “‘Hmm, maybe I shouldn’t send all this personal information over the Internet?’” If so, you’re not alone. A new survey commissioned by PaymentOne (executed by Javelin Strategy & Research) found that half of consumers abandoned an

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Monday, December 12, 2011 4:13 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

From sunny Los Angeles comes a cautionary tale about the wrong way to earn credit card rewards points. The finance director of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was in charge of upgrading the sound system for the video board at the taxpayer-owned arena. Instead of paying the $270,000 it would cost to buy the equipment

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Friday, December 9, 2011 3:23 pm
By Janna Herron · Bankrate.com

For the second month in a row, Americans put more on their credit cards. But let’s be honest, we didn’t go hog wild. On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve said revolving consumer credit (read: credit card debt) rose less than a half-percent to $792.3 billion in October, up from $792 billion the previous month. Of course, this uptick doesn’t

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