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Q: What is MasterCard Contactless?

A: A "contactless" way to pay. It's like having exact change wherever you go. A simple tap of your card, key fob, or mobile phone is all it takes to pay at checkout.*

Q: How do I benefit?

A: There are many benefits to contactless payments:

  • It's like having exact change wherever you go, so you don't have to worry about carrying around a lot of cash or fishing for coins
  • You are in control because your contactless enabled card or device never leaves your hand at checkout
  • You get better record keeping of all your purchases then using cash for those small everyday items
  • It's fast and ideal at places where speed is essential, like at stadiums, fast food restaurants, gas stations and more

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Q: Where can I make contactless payments?

A: Anywhere you see this symbol

At checkout, you can simply tap to pay. This includes fast food restaurants, gas stations, convenience stores, pharmacies, stadiums and more.



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If you don't see the symbol, your contactless enabled card can still be used by swiping at checkout, like normal MasterCard cards.

Q: How do I pay with MasterCard Contactless?

A: To make a purchase simply tap your MasterCard Contactless card, key fob, or mobile phone on the "contactless" payment reader at the checkout of participating retail locations.

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Q: Can I use MasterCard Contactless on contactless payment readers that don't display the contactless payment symbol?

A: You can make contactless payments on any contactless payment reader that displays this symbol

Q: How close does the "tap" have to be to the checkout reader?

A: Typically, at the checkout when you tap, your card/device must be within an inch or two of the "contactless symbol" on the payment reader on the counter. Do note that if you have more than one MasterCard Contactless card in your wallet, you should remove the specific card you wish to use to pay.

Q: How will purchases appear on my monthly statement?

A: Purchases made with MasterCard Contactless will be displayed on your statement just like any other purchase you make with a regular card.

Q: How does it work?

A: MasterCard Contactless uses a hidden embedded computer chip and radio frequency antennae. After you tap at checkout, payment details are sent wirelessly to the MasterCard network. Moments after you tap, you will receive payment confirmation and are on your way.*

Q: What is a key fob or payment tag?

A: A key fob or payment tag is a special MasterCard Contactless device that you can attach to your key chain. Card issuers sometimes provide this as a companion to your traditional primary MasterCard plastic card. Usually very small and made of plastic, MasterCard Contactless fobs/tags contain the same contactless computer chip and radio frequency antennae as regular MasterCard Contactless cards.

Q: Do I have to treat my MasterCard Contactless card or device in any special way?

A: Treat your MasterCard Contactless card or device as you would any credit, debit and prepaid cards. Always know where your MasterCard Contactless card or device is and keep it in a safe place. Check often to make sure none or your cards/devices are missing. And be sure to keep a record of all your card numbers, expiration dates, and emergency phone numbers in a safe place.

Q: Is there a battery?

A: There is no battery used to activate your MasterCard Contactless card or device.

Q: Do I need to turn it on/off?

A: If you have a contactless payment enabled device, there are features allowing you to turn it on or off. If you are using a mobile sticker, it works like the card and device are always on and ready to use. MasterCard Contactless cards and fobs are always on and ready to be used.

Q: Is it safe?

A: Yes. With secure encryption technology and Zero Liability protection, contactless payments are as safe as your regular card.

  • You are in control – your contactless enabled card or device never leaves your hands to make a payment
  • No accidental payments – your contactless enabled card or device must be extremely close to the reader at checkout to work
  • Not billed twice – even if you tap more than once at checkout, you'll only get billed once for your purchase

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Q: Why aren't signatures required?

A: To ensure that using MasterCard Contactless is as simple and convenient as cash, retailers/merchants that accept contactless payments do not require you to sign for small purchases ($50 or below). However, for your protection, purchases over $50 generally require a signature or PIN to be used.

Q: What do I do if my MasterCard Contactless card or device has been lost or stolen?

A: If you have lost your card or suspect unauthorized activity on your account, contact the financial institution that issued your card immediately. If you don't know your card issuers number - not a problem - the MasterCard Global Service™ team is available 24/7 to assist you.

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Q: I am a contactless payments accepting merchant who wishes to be excluded from the contactless payment Locator. Who can I contact?

A: Merchants who wish to decline participation in the contactless payments Merchant Locator program may contact MasterCard by way of the Location Services Call Center directly.

Merchant representatives will be expected to provide the following information:

  • Merchant representative or contact name
  • Name of the business (i.e. "Doing Business As" name)
  • Business location or address to be removed (one or more)
  • Telephone number or email address for call back confirmation

Location Services Call Center:

Email  location_services@mastercard.com

Phone 1-800-398-4150 (for the United States and Canada regions)
1-636-722-4050 (for all other regions)

Q: Questions not answered here

A: If your question is not listed among the previous topics and questions, your best option is to contact the financial institution that issued your account as only they hold account specific and unique information. Typically there is a customer service number for your financial institution on the back of each card that you can call. You can always contact the MasterCard Assistance Center toll free at 1-800-307-7309 or 'Collect' by dialing 1-636-722-7111.
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