More consumer credit card use expected during holiday season
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Most consumers tend to spend more when the holidays roll around, and now a greater number will take on credit card debt when shopping online, instead of using their debit cards.

Consumers who are generally feeling better about their finances in the wake of the recession are more likely to use their credit cards than they have been in the past few years, and online purchasing ahead of the holidays will likely see an even greater shift toward that payment method, according to the latest Online Retail Payments Forecast from Javelin Stra…………… continues on Debtmerica Relief

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Credit card complaints show widespread confusion
News from Boston.com:

NEW YORK—Interest rates and billing disputes are among the most common complaints about credit card services.

That’s according to the first public report on credit card complaints issued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which said it fielded more than 5,000 complaints and questions in the three months after it opened for business this summer.

The agency, which was created by the financial overhaul known as the Dodd-Frank Act last year, is mandated with issuing public reports on the complaints it receives.

Although the agency plans to eventually field complaints about a full range of financial products, it decided to start by focusing on credit cards when it officially got up and running in late July.

The report issued Wednes…………… continues on Boston.com

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Sedgwick County commissioners consider passing fees on to people who use …
News from Kansas.com:

— Sedgwick County could use the money it spends on credit card transaction fees to repair bridges, provide mental health care and bolster public safety, Commissioner Jim Skelton told his colleagues Tuesday.

Skelton wants the county to begin charging a fee to people who use a credit card to pay their taxes to the county.

He emphasized that Sedgwick County is the only county in the state that doesn’t do so.

County Manager William Buchanan went over a list of pros and cons with commissioners, who still are weighing whether it’s in the county’s best interest to pass on fees charged by Visa, MasterCard and other companies that process credit card transactions.

Residents who use plastic to pay taxes cost the county about $ 1.2 million in fees last year. The average transaction was $ 484; the average transaction fee charged to the county by credit card companies was $ 8.

Those fees came out of the county’s general…………… continues on Kansas.com

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Victims of credit card fraud take caution after breach at Metrolux theater in …
News from The Coloradoan:

Hackers surfing the web for credit-card data were the farthest thing from Barry Wilson’s mind when his family went to see “Dolphin Tale” at a Loveland cinema last month.

He’s more careful now.

After his credit card was swiped at Loveland Metrolux 14, unauthorized charges were made using a cloned card at a Dunkin’ Donuts and a bookstore in New York.

Chase Bank promptly canceled the credit card and sent him a new one.

“It was inconvenient,” said Wilson of Larimer County. “It was good that they caught it.”

As one of an estimated 1,200 related credit and debit card fraud reports in Northern Colorado, Wilson said he is more likely to carry cash and only use his credit card at major businesses.

Fort Collins Police Sgt. Don Whitson said the fraud scheme resulted in unauthorized charges in 15 countries and across the United States. It’s one of the biggest such cases ever to hit the region, and finding the perpetrat…………… continues on The Coloradoan

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