General Cardholder Terms & Conditions
1.1 These terms and conditions apply to any holder of the prepaid debit card distributed by Swipe (‘the card’). By using your card you are demonstrating your agreement to these terms and conditions.
1.2 The card is promoted by Swipe Wallet Ltd a company incorporated in England & Wales with company number 12143655 and whose registered office is at 9th Floor, 107 Cheapside, London, United Kingdom and head office is at 1 Burwood Place, London, England, W2 2UT.
1.3 The issuer of your prepaid debit card is an Electronic Money Institution that performs the payment services related to your Swipe Account. The issuer is authorised by the UK Financial Conduct Authority as an Electronic Money Institution under the Electronic Money Regulations 2011 for the issuing of electronic money. Your specific issuer cardholder agreement will outline additional terms that you must adhere to as well.
2.1 In these terms and conditions, the following words and phrases have the meanings shown next to them:
ATM means automatic teller machine or cashpoint facility or cash dispenser;
Business day means a day between and including Monday to Friday, between 9am and 5pm (UK time) except for bank or public holidays in England and Wales;
Card Scheme means a major card issuing company;
EEA means the European Economic Area
Fees means a variety of charges that can be raised for purchase and ongoing use of the card as set out in the Fees and Pricing Section;
General Terms of Service means the framework agreement which sets out the terms that govern your relationship with Swipe, any Swipe Transaction(s), the use of the Swipe Dashboard and any other Swipe Services (those capitalised words have the meaning as defined in the General Terms of Service);
PIN means personal identification number i.e. the security number provided for use with the card;
Purse value means the maximum value of funds that can be held with the card any one time;
Supplier means a retailer, merchant or other supplier of goods and/ or services which accepts payment by means of a card, card number, PIN or card and signature;
Summary Box means the section that includes notification of charges, limits and restrictions associated with the card;
Supplier’s bank is the merchant acquirer used by the supplier for the purposes of receiving payments arising from transactions;
Swipe means Swipe Wallet Ltd, the details of which are set out in condition 1.2;
Verification of identity means confirming personal identity and address of you by conducting electronic verification of your details or by you providing documentation of identity; and
Year means the 12 month period following the date when the card is issued to you and each subsequent 12 month period commencing on the anniversary of that date.
2.2 We / us / our means Swipe or co-brand partners acting on our behalf.
2.3 You / your means the person or persons who have received the card and are authorized to use the card as provided for in this Agreement.
2.4 Where a capitalised term is not defined in these Cardholder Terms, it has the same meaning as in the General Terms of Service.
3.1 The Card is a prepaid debit product which can be used to pay for goods and services at retailers that display the Card Scheme symbol. To use the card, present it at the time of payment. The card can be used in full or part payment of your purchase.
3.2 Once basic personal information has been provided, the card may be loaded and used. This is subject to strict limits until we have verified your identity. We may require further information as set out in condition 16. Once these checks are passed, further limits may apply.
3.3 We will not charge you fees to load your card when using a credit or debit card unless we are permitted to do so. If we are permitted to do so, the fees we shall charge for you to load your card using a credit or debit card shall not exceed the costs we incur in doing so. Please see the separate fees schedule outlining the fees we charge in relation to the Swipe Services and these Cardholder Terms.
3.4 When you receive your card, you must use the Mobile App to activate the card.
3.5 You must not make purchases that exceed the balance of funds available on the card. Your balance will be reduced by the amount of each purchase you make. If any purchase takes you over your available funds or the card limits in force from time to time and set out in Clause 17 of the General Terms of Service (e.g. ATM withdrawal limit) the transaction will be declined.
3.6 You can use the card to make purchases in-store, via the internet or over the phone. The card can be used to obtain cash through ATMs. There is no cash back facility. This is not a debit card supported by a bank account, and is not in any way connected to a bank account. It is also not a loyalty card, gift card, guarantee card, charge card or credit card. You will not earn any interest on any funds loaded on to the card. You must not use the card for:
3.7 We may stop, suspend or restrict your card or PIN on reasonable grounds relating to:
3.8 We are not responsible for the quality, safety, legality, or any other aspect of any goods or services purchased with the card. We are not liable for the failure of any merchant to honour the card.
3.9 We will not issue the card under these terms and conditions to anyone under the age of 18 years old.
Using your card
4.1 You agree that any use of your card, card number or PIN by you constitutes your authorisation and consent to a transaction.
4.2 You cannot stop a transaction after it has been authorised and consented to by you and transmitted to us, or once you have given your consent to the supplier for a pre-authorised payment, subject to any fraudulent conduct or gross negligence by us or our suppliers.
4.3 We may refuse a transaction or suspend or terminate the right to top up your card. We may do this if the relevant phone or computer link is busy. We may also do this if:
5.1 The card can be used for transactions that are in the currency which you originally loaded on the card (“currency of the card”) or in a currency that is not the currency of the card (“Foreign Currency”).
5.2 If you make a Foreign Currency transaction, we will change the amount into the currency of the card at the Exchange Rate set out in the Fees and Pricing Section.
5.3 Exchange rates may change. Please refer to our General Terms of Service for more information.
6.1 To check the available balance on your card, you can use the Mobile App.
6.2 Using the login credentials you provided, you can access your transaction data via the Mobile App.
6.3 You can review your transaction data in the form of statements either per individual transaction or via monthly statements, either option is available to you within the Mobile App.
7.1 The card’s expiry date is printed on the card. You must not use the card after its expiry date and you will not be able to reload it.
7.2 If you have used your card in the period of two weeks before its expiry date we will send you an email to inform you that we will automatically transfer the outstanding balance to a new card. You must tell us if you do not want your card to be renewed. To do this, contact us via the in-app support chat function in the Mobile App or call us on the number on the back of your card.
7.3 If you renew your card following the procedure in condition 7.2, this agreement will continue to apply.
7.4 If you request that your card is not renewed or do not request a replacement, you will not be able to use your card after its expiry date. You can redeem any outstanding balance on the card up to 6 years after the expiry date by following the process in condition 8. If any balance remains on the card for more than 6 years after the expiry date, it will not be refunded.
8.1 You can redeem all or part of your balance up until the date that is 6 years after the expiry date shown on your card. We will transfer any redeemed funds into a bank account which is in your name. We may request proof from you of the account name.
Legal bits and pieces
9.1 You must always make sure that you:
9.2 If your card is lost or stolen or someone else finds out the PIN or if you think your card, card number or PIN may be misused, you must;
9.3 If your card is lost or stolen, you can order a replacement via the Mobile App. We will charge a fee for replacement cards, although we may choose to waive the fee for the first replacement. For more information please refer to the General Terms of Service.
9.4 You may not be liable for any use of the card, card number, PIN or mobile application by another person who does not have your permission to use it or if it is lost, stolen or destroyed, and you have informed us of such events unless:
9.5 If you’re due a refund for an unauthorised transaction, we’ll make reasonable endeavours that you receive this no later than the end of the next Business day.
9.6 If your card is used without your permission, or is lost, stolen or if you think the card may be misused, we may disclose to law enforcement agencies any information which we reasonably believe may be relevant.
9.7 We will not be liable for:
9.8 In case of errors or disputes about transactions, please contact us using the Mobile App.
10.1 These Terms may be amended unilaterally by us, by providing you with two months’ notice. These changes will be deemed to have been accepted by you where you do not, before the proposed date of the entry into force of the changes, notify us to the contrary. If you do notify us to the contrary, your notification will be deemed to be a notice that you wish to close your Swipe Account and terminate these Terms on the date upon which the changes are to take effect.
10.2 We can make the following amendments to these Terms if we apply them to a class of customers or to a product or feature. These Terms may be amended in the following ways:
Note that amendments may (but will not necessarily) be made in circumstances which neither reduce your rights nor increase your responsibilities.
10.3 Where an amendment to the Terms is required by law, an official directive, or the guidelines or requirements of a regulator, or relates to the addition of a new service, extra functionality to the existing Service, a reduction in the cost of the Services or any other change which neither reduces your rights nor increases your responsibilities, the amendment may be made without prior notice to you and shall be effective immediately.
10.4 If we change these terms and conditions, the new terms and conditions will be available at www.Swipe.com/terms from the date the change takes place.
10.5 You will be deemed to have accepted any change to these terms and conditions unless you notify us of any objection before the proposed date of the change.
10.6 Between receipt of the notice and the proposed date of change, if you notify us that you do not accept the change, this agreement will terminate immediately and subject to condition 8.1 you can redeem your total balance at that time without charge.
11.1 If you change your mind about having the card, you can cancel it at any time without charge.
11.2 We will refund any balance remaining on the card to your Electronic Money Account or a User Bank Account nominated by you.
11.3 We will reimburse you in the currency the same as that of your card.
12.1 We may terminate this agreement at any time with two months prior written notice unless we consider there to be exceptional circumstances which make it necessary for us to give you less than 2 months’ notice or no notice at all. Exceptional circumstances includes where we reasonably believe it is necessary:
12.2 You can terminate this agreement by contacting us via our in-app support chat function.
12.3 If you do not redeem your full balance within 6 years of your card’s expiry date, this agreement terminates.
13.1 By entering into this agreement you agree that we may use your information in accordance with the ‘How we use your information’ section of these terms and conditions, as set out in condition 16.
13.2 You must provide us with an email, postal address and phone number and let us know of any changes. If your details are not up to date, we may not be able to notify you of changes to the Terms or contact you (although we will take reasonable steps to find you).
13.3 We may transfer, novate or assign our rights or obligations under this agreement and will notify you of such transfer, novation or assignment. You may not transfer any of your rights or obligations under this agreement.
13.4 If we fail to enforce any of our rights under the Terms, or applicable laws, it shall not be deemed to constitute a waiver of such right.
13.5 If we cannot enforce any paragraph, condition or part of a paragraph or condition under this agreement, it will not affect any of the other paragraphs, conditions or the other part of the paragraph or condition in this agreement.
13.6 This agreement is governed by the law of England and Wales. The language of this agreement is English and all notices and information given under this agreement will be in English.
14.1 This condition 14 only applies if the supplier’s bank is located within the European Economic Area (EEA) and the payment services being carried out are transacted in Euro, or another currency of an EEA member state.
14.2 We will ensure that a transaction you make is credited to the supplier’s bank, or that returned funds following redemption or cancellation are credited to your bank within these timescales:
Type of Transaction
Transaction carried out in a currency other than Euro (€) or a Transaction involving more than one currency
By the end of the sixth business day following the day on which the transaction or order is received
Any other Transaction
within two business days from the day on which the transaction order is received
14.3 If you use your card or provide your card details to a supplier to make a transaction before you know the amount which is going to be charged to your card, we will not block funds on your card unless you authorise the exact amount to be blocked. This could be the case for payments you make at hotels for example. We shall release any blocked funds in accordance with this condition 14.3 without undue delay as soon as we are aware of the exact amount of the payment transaction and immediately after receipt of the relevant payment order.
14.4 On receipt of such a request under condition 14.3, we may require you to provide us with the information to ascertain whether the conditions in condition 14.3 have been met. Within 10 business days of receiving a request from you under condition 14.3 or of receiving any additional information required under this paragraph, we will provide a refund or justify why we are refusing the request.
14.5 We are liable for the correct execution of the transaction unless we can prove that the transaction was received by the supplier’s bank, in which case the supplier’s bank is liable to the supplier. You may request that we make immediate efforts to trace an incorrectly executed transaction and notifies you of the outcome.
14.6 When a supplier initiates a transaction it is the supplier’s bank which is liable for the correct transmission of the relevant details to us. If the supplier’s bank can prove that it is not responsible for a transaction which has failed or has been incorrectly executed, we will be responsible to you.
14.7 If we are responsible for an incorrect amount of a transaction being deducted from your balance, we will correct the error. If we are responsible for a transaction being deducted from your balance which you did not authorise, we will refund the amount of the transaction to your balance and treat the transaction as if it had never occurred. You must inform us of an unauthorised or incorrect transaction as soon as possible and in any event no later than 13 months after the debit date. If you do not do so, we may not be liable.
14.8 We are not liable if you incorrectly identify the supplier under a transaction. In such a case, we will make reasonable efforts to recover the funds involved.
14.9 We can already return money paid to your Swipe Account by mistake, however, if you don’t think a payment made to you from a payment service provider in the EEA was a mistake, we may also be allowed to share your personal information with the paying payment service provider so that you can be contacted directly. This is because we are required to cooperate with other payment service providers and share all relevant information in order to assist with tracing money which is sent to the wrong person.
14.10 If you are able to make payments directly from your Swipe Account to another person and if a payment you asked us to make within the EEA arrives later than it should have, you can ask us to contact the receiving bank and ask them to treat it as if it was made on time.
15.1 If you would like to make a complaint, or contact us for any other reason connected to these terms and conditions please contact us via the in-app support chat function. You should clearly indicate that you are wishing to make a complaint to us. We have procedures in place to make sure that we handle your complaint fairly and quickly. For more information please refer to the Complaints Policy and General Terms of Service.
15.2 We will try to resolve any complaints you have about your card or the service we provide to you within 15 Business days of receiving your complaint and in exceptional circumstances, within 35 Business days (and we will let you know if this is the case).
16.2 We will conduct searches using your information to verify your identity for the purposes of complying with the European Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006 (Cth) (“AML/CTF Act”). This may include conducting searches with fraud prevention agencies and other third parties. These searches are to check your identity.
16.3 Subject to compliance with the AML/CTF Act and the European Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) (“Privacy Act”) we will use an automated decision-making system to assess your application and verify your identity. If we are unable to verify your identity adequately, we may ask you to provide some documentary evidence to help confirm your identity and address.
16.4 If you give us false or inaccurate information and we identify fraud, we may record this with fraud prevention agencies and law enforcement or other regulatory or government bodies. Law enforcement agencies may access and use this information.
16.5 Some information held by fraud prevention agencies will be disclosed to us and other organisations in order to prevent fraud and money laundering, and to verify your identity.
16.6 The information held by these agencies may also be used for other purposes for which you give your specific permission or, in very limited circumstances, when required by law or where permitted under the terms of the Privacy Act.
16.7 When you have an agreement with us we may use the following types of information about you:
16.8 We will process, use, manage, control, release and record information about you to:
16.10 Processing your information, as described above, may involve sending it to other countries outside of United Kingdom, including the EEA and the United States of America. In such circumstances we are responsible for making sure that your information continues to be protected.
16.11 We will keep information about you for only as long as we need to or is required to meet legal obligations.
17.1 We may need to contact you urgently if we suspect or find fraudulent activity has occurred on your Swipe Account (provided we are not prohibited from doing so by law) or if we suffer a security threat. To do so, we may (for example) send you a text message instead of calling or emailing you, if we think this is the quickest way to contact you. When we contact you, we will also give you information on how you can minimise any risk to your card depending on the nature of the security threat.
17.2 We’ll use the same contact details which you have already provided us with when contacting you. You must inform us immediately if your personal details or contact information change.