Credit and debit cards are a "cashless" way to pay for goods and services. Debit cards take money from an existing bank account. Credit card payments are a form of a loan from a bank and must be repaid.

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ATM Debit Cards
Public Interest Research Groups article on problems with debit cards.
Avoiding Credit and Charge Card Fraud
FTC advice on how to protect yourself from fraud.
Choosing a Credit Card
Tips on how to shop around for a credit card and analyze various offers and agreements. From the Federal Reserve Board.
Choosing a Credit Card: The Deal is in the Disclosures
Detailed discussion of credit card terms and other costs and features.
Credit and Debit Card Blocking
Article from FTC about what blocking is, when it is used, and how to avoid it.
Credit CARD Act of 2009 - Wikipedia
Details comprehensive credit card reform legislation from the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009.
Credit Card Insider
Informational portal for comprehensive consumer and business card planning resources.
Credit Cards at
Average rates, features, fee and rate comparisons and searches, scam alerts, FAQ and articles.
Credit, ATM, and Debit Cards: What to Do if They're Lost or Stolen
Covers how to limit your financial loss, how to protect your cards, whether to buy a registration service, and how to file a complaint.
DailyFinance: Credit Cards
Tips on managing your credit cards and how to find the best credit cards for you.
Debit Cards: Know How to Use Them
From the National Consumers League. Advice and information about debit cards, how they differ from credit cards.
Financial Fraud Action UK
Association for Payment Clearing Services (APACS) is UK banking industry's body that works with police, retailers, cardholders, and organisations to fight payment card fraud. Provides interactive training on prevention with articles, links and contacts.
Frontline: Secret History of the Credit Card
FRONTLINE and The New York Times examine how the credit card industry has become so pervasive, lucrative and politically powerful.
Gold and Platinum Cards
Article from FTC that warns about hidden charges and fees.
How Credit Cards Work
Explains the technology of credit cards and the different types of cards and plans available to consumers.
How to Dig Yourself Out of Credit Card Debt
Denver Business Journal article geared towards the small business owner.
MasterCard - Money Management
Offers tips for students on how to manage credit for college fund.
Points on the Dollar
Features tools, tips, articles and strategies for maximizing credit card rewards.
Provides reviews, a comparison of prepaid debit cards and educational blog articles.
ATM and debit card article by the State Public Interest Research Groups. Includes explanation of rights and liabilities, pitfalls, and how they differ from credit cards.
BBC Inside Out - Credit Card Cloning
A report on credit card fraud and card cloning. (July 07, 2003)
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