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Wells Fargo Adds Contact and Contactless Chips to Visa Credit Cards - On Request

Wells fargo logo 140pxWells Fargo has announced that its Visa credit card customers can now request a card with chip-based technology by calling the service number listed on the back of their existing credit card.

The bank said that "if a new card is requested, it will be equipped with chip-based technology, Visa payWave, and a magnetic stripe. That means cardholders can use it at any kind of terminal they encounter in their worldwide travels and when shopping. This technology provides an extra layer of security for both contactless and contact transactions by including dynamic elements designed to make each transaction unique."

As chip cards are become increasingly popular overseas, we want to make sure our customers have the ability to order a card from us that is designed to work wherever they go in the world,” said Peter Ho, manager of digital payments for Wells Fargo’s Consumer Financial Services group.
In 2011, Wells Fargo was the first to announce, in partnership with Visa, a chip card pilot program in the U.S. The pilot included 15,000 customers who travelled internationally. Based on the success of that pilot, in 2012 the company launched its By Invitation® Visa Signature® chip-enhanced credit card. The card, available to clients of Wells Fargo Advisors and The Private Bank, automatically gave customers a chip card when obtaining credit for the first time or when their existing card expired.

Update: The Members Group contacted PaymentsNews to note that it was the first in the US to issue a Visa EMV card in 2010 with its client, the United Nations Federal Credit Union.

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