Don’t Lose Sales! Mastercard comes out with new 2-BIN card series June 2017

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Many business owners are still holding off on upgrading to EMV capable credit card terminals because they do not see any immediate threat from card fraud and business goes on.  But there is a coming wave of the new 2-series BIN (Bank Identification Number) cards from MasterCard that may finally force you to upgrade.

MasterCard is coming out with it’s new 2-series card account numbers, with a deadline for merchants to accept them by June 30, 2017.    For example:  2XXX XXXX XXXX XXXX.

The new 2-series BIN (bank identification number) cards from MasterCard began the process a year ago, while keeping their 5-series to handle the extreme growth in credit cards.

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Tokenization has added to the firestorm of card account numbers.

Pre-paid cards and emerging international markets have also eaten up the numbers available.

The other card brands – American Express, Discover and VISA are in the process of expanding their account number within their BIN ranges.  But haven’t forwarded a plan.