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Venmo to Users: If You Owe Us Money, We’re Coming for It

“In a bid to curb losses on its platform, Venmo is threatening to sic debt collectors on some users who carry negative balances in their accounts, according to customer-service emails reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. Venmo also recently amended its user agreement to give itself the power to recover money its customers owe by […]
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The Confusing World of Venmo Etiquette

“Payment etiquette has always been shaped by two driving forces: the aversions to seeming cheap and to getting ripped off. The avoidance of both used to be as simple as giving someone cash the next time you saw them, or in giving the waiter multiple credit cards and dividing the bill. But in simplifying the […]
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GlobalData: Facebook Messenger Payments Scrapped Due to Poor Adoption

“Facebook’s decision to discontinue its peer-to-peer (P2P) Messenger payments option in the UK and France next month is due to poor adoption of the service by consumers, according to new figures from data analytics company GlobalData . It was revealed in April that Facebook was scrapping the service – which enabled users to exchange money […]
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When Bills Pile Up, Young People Turn to Strangers on Venmo

“The services frame themselves as tools that make it easy for their millennial and Gen Z user base to pay back a bar tab or split the cost of lunch. But some straddling tight budgets are also turning to payment apps as crowdfunding tools for bills, emergencies and the costs of daily life. Tweets linking […]
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N26 Launches MoneyBeam for UK Users

“N26, one of Europe’s largest digital banks, has introduced MoneyBeam for its UK users, allowing them to send money instantly to fellow N26 users. The digital bank conducted research which exposed the contentious nature of splitting bills, as more than a quarter (27%) of UK adults regularly take the hit and pay the tab in […]

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Bank of America Zelle® Use Soars in 2019 | Bank of America

“Bank of America today announced record-breaking person-to-person (P2P) payments use, as the company’s active Zelle® users have already completed more transactions this year than in all of 2018. In less than nine months, Bank of America clients sent and received a total of 163 million transactions, compared to 157 million transactions throughout 2018.”
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Zelle® Announces $44 Billion Sent on 171 Million Transactions in Q2 2019

“Early Warning Services, LLC, the network operator behind Zelle®, today announced $44 billion was sent through the Zelle Network® on 171 million transactions during Q2 2019.  Year-over-year payment values increased by 56%, while transaction volume increased by 71%. Nearly 500 financial institutions are contracted to participate on the Zelle Network, including 179 that are online today and processing transactions. “More […]
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MoneyGram Announces New Debit Card Deposit Service in Partnership With Visa

“MoneyGram (NASDAQ: MGI ), a global provider of innovative money transfer services, today announced the launch of a new debit card deposit service in partnership with Visa ( https://usa.visa.com/ ) via Visa Direct, Visa’s real-time1 push payments platform, which enables payments to over a billion cards worldwide. The person-to-person (P2P) money transfer option allows customers in the […]
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Amazon Pay launches person to person (P2P) payments through UPI for Android customers

“Amazon customers can now make instant bank-to-bank transfers using UPI platform on the Amazon app. Customers can use this functionality to settle bills/expenses with friends, lend/return money to family, pay rents, pay for services like house-help, newspaper bills, milk subscription and more. Customers can also make payments from their bank account to local stores nearby […]