Instead of keeping consumers like you safe from data breaches, big box retailers are trying to add to their record profits by changing how your credit card works.
The Growing Cost of Data Breaches
Electronic card payments using credit or debit cards account for $6.7 trillion in transactions.12018 Nilson Report Whether from a Main Street business or a big box retailer, transaction databases are fast becoming a treasure trove of information for cyber thieves and dark web data merchants
consumer records available for purchase on the dark web
individuals affected data breaches in 2020
increase in fraud complaints in the past 10 years3Interchange Fee Revenue, Covered Issuer Costs, and Covered Issuer and Merchant Fraud Losses Related to Debit Card Transactions. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (May 2021)
Merchants pay an interchange fee to defray the costs of data breaches. This fraction of a cent per dollar spent keeps your credit card safe from would-be hackers, and helps ensure that you, and the retailer you paid, aren’t responsible for any fraudulent purchases.
98% of Americans feel the current credit system works. Our interchange system ensures that consumers have safe, reliable transactions, merchants are made whole at the time of sale, and privacy standards protect consumer information.