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Credit card new security - pin number needed after every 5 transactions

rosyposy@123

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Mar 22, 2019
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I have never heard of this new security feature - though for people who are not partially sighted or don't have dementia it is a great idea! My mum, unfortunately, had appalling eyesight ( macular degeneration) and dementia. Her lifeline every day is to walk to Marks and Spencers - they are now going to make this very difficult for her - despite it being a small shop where they know her very well. I am not comfortable giving her carer the pin number.
Has anyone else come up with this problem and is there an answer?

Thanks!
 

jugglingmum

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Jan 5, 2014
5,816
Chester
I know that my friend and my daughter both had to enter a pin the other day, and they were both surprised.

With daughter she was trying to use apple pay where the whole point is your phone recognises your thumb (apparently) and there is a much higher limit.

I've not been asked yet but I probably do enough mix of high and low value transactions that I use PIN often enough.
 

Sarasa

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Apr 13, 2018
1,503
This was mentioned to me in Marks and Spencer the other day as I had to enter my PIN. It sounds like a good security feature but it is going to be tough for people like your mum @rosyposy@123 . My mum has macular degeneration too, and going to Marks for a coffee and a scone was her routine every day when she was at home. Fortunately she did mostly remember her PIN, and never really got the hang of contactless anyway.
 

Sirena

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Feb 27, 2018
2,240
I've never used contactless myself so it makes no difference to me!

My mother never used contactless either and nor did she remember her PIN in the last year or so she lived at home. So she went to the bank once a week with her carer and withdrew cash (over the counter, not from a cash machine) to pay for her shopping. I agreed the amount/frequency with the care agency, and could see from her online statements that it worked as intended. If she needed to go to the hairdresser/optician/vet etc, again the care agency would let me know and she withdrew cash to pay for it. It was never a problem at all.
 

nitram

Registered User
Apr 6, 2011
20,620
North Manchester
I am not comfortable giving her carer the pin number.
You could use a prepaid card which you could monitor and load as necessary
https://www.money.co.uk/prepaid-cards.htm

They all have different charges, DYOR on which is most suitable.

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It's more likely a change in analysis of use contactless use than a hard 5 uses max.
As well as analysis by the issuer merchants can program in random checks, maybe M&S have done this.
Neither way worries me as I have never made a contactless transaction and would expect the first use to be challenged.
 

Beate

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May 21, 2014
12,012
London
I don't use my credit cards in shops, only for online shopping where PIN is not asked for. But surely you need a PIN for a debit card anyway? I use contactless but it's only for up to £30.
 

kindred

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Apr 8, 2018
2,458
I think you will find that as a result of an EU directive to prevent fraud, there is to be added a second layer of security checking around purchases.
This has been postponed as compulsory until next year, I think, but some retailers are gearing up for this. AMazon for example has been asking customers for their mobile because it may be that purchases will be verified by a call via mobile.
Waitrose are already applying this by having random put your card into the machine days rather than contactless. I gather that last month a coach load of elderly people from local residential home had to go home without their shopping as they had all forgotten their PIN numbers. KIndred.
 

nitram

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Apr 6, 2011
20,620
North Manchester
Just been researching.
These rules should have come into force on 14/09/19


The implementation date has been put back, some traders are practising.

The proposed next step, already being trialled, is to have fingerprint recognition on the cards.
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Beate

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May 21, 2014
12,012
London
You can't go contactless forever anyway, whichever card you use. At some point the system will ask for the PIN as a security measure, so don't rely on never needing it!
 

jugglingmum

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Jan 5, 2014
5,816
Chester
Surely this negates the benefit of contactless (which works the same for debit or credit cards AFIK)

I use contactless a lot and the shops I use it in prefer it to cash.

My daughter's generation don't carry cash - and don't even use a card but their phones, thumb has to be held to phone whilst transaction is taking place for applepay.

I have started carrying a debit card when cycling as many cafes now prefer contactless. Saves having to have a large float of change. Banks charge small businesses more for cash takings than card takings in many instances as well.

I had read about it happening for on line transactions, which can be large (on line weekly shop is £100 ) and OH was sent a card reader by credit card co - but I wasn't - I am main account holder.
 

nitram

Registered User
Apr 6, 2011
20,620
North Manchester
Surely this negates the benefit of contactless
Not when fingerprint recognition is brought in.

Reading around the new legislation only applies to bank cards, it does not cover Apple pay etc.

The catch phrase for chip and PIN was ' mental and elemental' , contactless has removed the 'mental'
 

nitram

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Apr 6, 2011
20,620
North Manchester
I was wondering how the card is initially loaded with fingerprint data.
Does not look as if it's sorted yet.

The major stumbling block for the widespread adoption of the card is likely to be how the bank initially obtains the customer’s fingerprint. NatWest said customers in the trial would have to visit their local branch so that the bank could copy their fingerprint, but it is working on ways to capture the data remotely.


https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/mar/11/natwest-trials-fingerprint-debit-cards-to-remove-30-limit
 

Bod

Registered User
Aug 30, 2013
1,267
Thinking....
Contactless card is stolen. Used many times, someone has to pay. Either you or the Bank.
Having to enter PIN every fifth transaction, limits the fraud liability, to a small amount. (Currently 4 X £30)
Yes, there will be problems, till the system is fully settled in, when everybody is used to it.
Maybe Prepaid cards will be the way around failure to remember PIN's, that would limit losses to just the amount on the card, which would be the customers loss not the Banks.

Bod
 

LadyA

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Oct 19, 2009
13,606
Ireland
It's been the way here for several years. You can use contactless for, I think, three transactions, but then you need to use your pin.
 

Beate

Registered User
May 21, 2014
12,012
London
Exactly that. You have to have some security, or a fraudster can empty your bank account £30 at a time. But as I said, I think something like that exists already as I can certainly remember being prompted for my PIN once when I just wanted to swipe.
 
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nitram

Registered User
Apr 6, 2011
20,620
North Manchester
Having to enter PIN every fifth transaction,
Unattended transactions, parking, transport,..., are not included in count, there's no keypad.

A thief can ride around and park a car until you report the card stolen or the issuer's system pick up an unusual pattern of usage and blocks the card.
 

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