Credit Cards Blog

Thursday, December 29, 2011 5:38 pm
By Lucy Lazarony · Bankrate.com

At long last, the checks are in the mail. For the more than 10 million credit card customers who filed claims in an antitrust class-action lawsuit over foreign-currency conversion fees charged between 1996 and 2006, the settlement checks are on the way. The first checks were mailed to consumers in late November, and the mailings

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Thursday, December 29, 2011 4:35 pm
By Lucy Lazarony · Bankrate.com

The days of 2011 are counting down. But there’s still time for you to snap up a free credit report. Wondering how you did creditwise in 2011?  Perusing your credit report will allow you to check out every single credit card account you have opened and review all your consumer loan accounts such as home

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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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