Enhanced Security for your Debit and Credit Cards

SouthPoint Financial Credit Union’s VISA Credit & Debit Cards now come with built-in chip technology. This gives you greater fraud protection when you use your card at a chip-activated terminal. Your new card is not only more secure – it’s also easy to use. Here’s what you can look forward to as a card-hold.






Enhanced fraud protection.

When you use your card at a chip-activated terminal, the embedded chip generates a one-time use code. This code is virtually impossible to counterfeit and helps reduce in-store fraud.

Global acceptance.

More merchants are accepting chip transactions every day. Whether you check out using chip technology or swipe your card, you can pay with confidence wherever Visa cards are accepted.

Easy to use.

Simple swipe your card like you do today. However, if a chip-activated terminal is available, insert your card instead of follow the prompts. Keep in mind, you can continue to use your chip card online and over the phone…the same way you do today.

No matter how you pay, you’re protected against unauthorized use with Visa’s Zero Liability Policy.

How do I use the Chip-Enabled Card?

If a chip-activated terminal is available, follow these easy steps:

  1. Insert the chip end of the card into the terminal with the chip facing up.
  2. Keep your card in the terminal and follow the prompts.
  3. Remove you card when prompted and take your receipt.

If a merchant is not yet chip-activated, you can still swipe your card to pay.

Chip Enabled Card FAQ's

A chip card – also called a smart card or an EMV card – is a debit or credit card that contains a microprocessor that enhances the security of cards during point-of-sale transactions.

These cards, already is use in much of the world, use a security standard originally developed by Europay, MasterCard and Visa (EMV) as a way to fight card fraud resulting from theft, skimming and counterfeiting. The EMV technology has been adopted by the other major card brands and issuers.

Yes. Chip cards add an additional layer of security to the safeguards that already protect your card. Each time you use your chip card, it generates a code that is unique to that transaction. This makes it harder to counterfeit your card or to use it fraudulently for in-store purchases.

Yes. Your chip card can be used virtually anywhere this brand of card is accepted in the U.S. and around the world. If a merchant has a chip-enabled card terminal, you will insert your card during the transaction. In the U.S., you will still be able to ‘swipe’ your card to make your payment if a merchant has a regular terminal. You will need a PIN to be able to make a transaction at an ATM.

You can use your current card until you get your chip card. At that time, activate your new chip card and start using it. Be sure to destroy your old card by cutting it up or shredding it.

Yes. You still need to sign the back of your card.

Yes. You can use your chip card to make these purchases as you do today.

Yes. For ATM transactions, insert your card into terminal and follow the instructions on the screen. Depending on the type of ATM, you might be prompted to re-insert your card. Leave the card in the ATM until the transaction is complete and the card is released, and then remove your card and any money you might have withdrawn.

You may be asked to provide your signature or enter your PIN to complete a transaction when you use your card. You will need to use your PIN at ATMs and it may be required at some unattended terminals such as fuel pumps and payment kiosks.

It’s important to report a lost or stolen card immediately. Keep a record of the telephone number on the back of your card and call it if necessary.

While chip cards won’t prevent the types of large-scale data breaches that have hit some merchants, they do make it extremely difficult to produce counterfeit cards from that stolen data.

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