Credit cards are financial instruments that are used by people to borrow money from a financial institution instantly without having to make a long process and bring a lot of documentation to the bank like when you are asking for a credit in a bank.
The money that is provided by the credit card can be used to buy things in stores and online; it is a widely accepted payment method. But, the card holder will have to pay that money later plus interests which means that he or she should be careful when using the credit card. However, since credit cards are financial instruments and a payment method they have object of regulations and that is going to be the subject of this article.
Regulations for credit cards
Every law have an specific subject and in the case of credit cards regulations the main subject is to protect the customers because there can be some issues when people use credit cards like fraud or problems in the platform (making a transactions two times). There are different ways of protection for credit card customers; for example, if you are traveling and your trip is delayed or if your luggage gets lost then you are able to have insurance from your credit card.
If you have a problem with your credit card and you need to report it then you should be able to contact the CFPB (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) to request help and information about your rights and what should you do to solve the problem. CFPB will also help you in a dispute if you don`t agree with the terms of your credit card provider if you want to get a better agreement. But, there are other regulations that are focused on credit card processing and that is going to be the next subject
Credit card processing rules
If you want to have a credit card there is a legal process behind it even though some card providers make it look easy there is always a legal contract behind the credit card. For those contracts (make them) it is necessary to follow the “Financial Management Services Card Processing Rules and Regulations Agreement”. They have some rules for transactions with credit card. Employees that are going to process transactions with credit card (validated with signature) have to check the validity of the card, check if the card is altered, check if the signature is the same of the card or any other thing that make look suspicious.
If the transactions is going to be made with a credit card that uses pin then the organization that is going to receive the payment should have a good POS (Point of Sale) which is the device that process the transaction and the PIN should not be seen by anyone but the card holder to prevent security issues. If an organization is going to accept online payments then it should use SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) to prevent identity theft and care for the security of their customers.
If you are a customer and you have a credit card to make a purchase then you should be careful when providing your personal information. Your personal information should be requested only to complete the information that is needed to make the transaction; if you see a suspicious request of information then you should report it to the FMS (Financial Management Services) to investigate it. You should keep the register of the transaction in case of an investigation because that will let you demonstrate the correct amount of the transaction.
Protection for the credit card holder
There are different regulations that are able to support the credit card holder in case of frauds, errors in the credit report, excessive fees and others abnormalities in your credit card. Fraud can be frequent nowadays and you may hear about it in the news; there are regulations that allow you to recover your money if someone stole your credit card or use it without your authorization. But you should report the issue first in order to get a solution.
There is also protection if you buy something online and when you get it is broken; you should try to solve that with the organization that is selling the product to you and if you are not able to get an agreement with them you could report it with your card provider and ask for a remove of the charge in your balance.
Protection against errors on your credit report is also present in the credit card market. For example, if you find that there is an extra charge in your balance or they charge you an extra fee then you are able to report it and they will remove it from your balance. That will not have costs and the amount should not generate interests in your balance. But, you should notice the error as soon as you can and for that you should check the balance of the card frequently.
In summary, the regulation for credit cards is not too strict when it comes to the things that you can buy with them. But there regulatory framework is designed to protect the customer (credit card holder) against fraudulent activities or errors in the credit card provider platform.
However, there have been some regulations for the purchase of cryptocurrencies with credit cards and card holders are not able to borrow money to buy those assets because it can represent a financial risk. Other than that there are no strict limitations in the use of credit cards. If you want to know more about this subject feel free to make a research about it; there is plenty of information online .