June 5, 2016
Name: RewardExpert.com. What it does: The website uses an algorithm to develop a strategy to help travelers reach their destinations using the fewest points or miles. What's hot: The free online service rewards you with a quick plan; there's no emailing someone and waiting for a reply. It also has a helpful feature on how to earn more miles (and reach your destination faster) if you use its partner offers, such as a stay at Starwood Hotels to get 1,000 Delta Sky Miles or signing up for DirecTV for 25,000 United MileagePlus Advantage Miles.
October 23, 2015 |
POLICE NABBED one suspect and were looking for another in the robberies of two men near Temple University last week. Philadelphia police said Robert Sherrill, 26, of Clarion Street near York, and a 19-year-old accomplice - one of whom had a handgun - allegedly approached a 21-year-old former Temple football player about 12:35 a.m. Oct. 15 at 10th Street and Susquehanna Avenue. Police said the two men tried to force the victim into his car, but he refused. Sherrill and the accomplice allegedly forced the man to the ground, taking his keys, a cellphone and his 2005 Cadillac CTS and fled down Susquehanna.
November 30, 2014 |
There are savvy shoppers. Then there are holiday crazies - expert, rabid consumers who combine coupons, compare online vs. in-store bargains via smartphone, and put us all to shame. Edgar Dworsky, proprietor of nonprofit consumer advocate ConsumerWorld.org, is among the latter. Here's what he does before buying anything, most especially during this season of shopping insanity, along with tips from some other parties: Chart price history. Start by visiting sites like Shopping.com, Shop.pricespider.com, Pricegrabber.com, and TheFind.com, as well as Google Shopping, Amazon.com, and eBay.
January 20, 2014 |
Could the uproar over Target's vast data breach finally force Americans to get serious about consumers' security? Most of the rest of the world - including Canada and Europe - now uses payment cards embedded with microchips, making them far harder to clone. Almost everywhere, payment cards also are secured by customers' secret PIN codes. Meanwhile, America clings to outmoded magnetic-stripe technology, which makes card cloning much easier for the bad guys. And we blithely issue debit cards - yes, cards that take money from your very own bank account - that are usable with just a signature, no PIN required.
July 27, 2013 |
NEWARK, N.J. - Four Russians and a Ukrainian have been charged with running a sophisticated hacking organization that penetrated the computer networks of more than a dozen major U.S. and international corporations over seven years, stealing and selling millions of credit and debit card numbers, resulting in losses of hundreds of millions of dollars. Indictments were announced Thursday in Newark, where U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman called the case the largest hacking and data breach scheme ever prosecuted in the United States.
June 17, 2013 |
All Natalie Gunshannon wanted was to be paid a fair wage for her work, she said. Gunshannon, 27, of Dallas Township, worked at McDonald's Restaurant on the Dallas Highway from April 24 to May 15. When she received her first paycheck, enclosed was a Chase Bank debit card with instructions on how to use it and the fees attached. Her future earnings would be deposited into the debit card account and she could access her money from there. Gunshannon never signed the card and when she returned to work she asked her supervisor if she could be paid by check or by direct deposit.
May 11, 2013 |
NEW YORK - A gang of cyber-criminals stole $45 million in a matter of hours by hacking their way into a database of prepaid debit cards and then fanning out around the globe to drain cash machines, federal prosecutors said Thursday. Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch called it "a massive 21st-century bank heist" and compared its size to the Lufthansa heist in the late 1970s immortalized in the film Goodfellas . Lynch said the fraudsters had moved with astounding speed to loot financial institutions around the world.
April 11, 2013 |
'When two elephants fight, the grass gets trampled," goes the African proverb. The same can be said for the epic battle between banks and retailers over interchange fees - what retailers pay to accept credit and debit cards for payment. This battle has resulted in harm to consumers, community banks, and mom-and-pop retailers as Congress injected itself into the fight. Fortunately, this battle is finally drawing to a close. Last year the payments and retail industries resolved their differences through the court system, negotiating a $7.25 billion settlement to their dispute.
March 1, 2013 |
Any day now, unemployed Pennsylvanians will receive new debit cards to access their unemployment benefits. But there's a wrinkle: The funds on the old blue cards won't transfer onto the new ones. "My fear is that people will think that this transition works the same way as a new ATM card and they'll throw the old one away," said Sharon Dietrich, an employment lawyer who follows unemployment policy as part of her job with Community Legal Services in Philadelphia. "The point is," she said, "use all the money.
October 5, 2012
Passengers on the PATCO High-Speed Line will not be able to use "contactless" debit and credit cards to pay their fares after Oct. 20. PATCO will end its yearlong test with bank-issued cards, officials said Thursday. Passengers may continue to use PATCO's own Freedom card. Transaction costs for the bank cards would be too high for PATCO, said John Rink, the agency's general manager. During the test period, those costs have been paid by Cubic Transportation Systems of San Diego, which built and installed PATCO's card-reading turnstiles.