On Jun 4, 2014 10:37 AM, "Michael Snow" <wikipedia@frontier.com> wrote:
> On 6/4/2014 10:14 AM, Joseph Fox wrote:
>> Pretty sure the difference is that in the US, “debit cards” as we Brits know them are rare.
> Not at all, debit cards are a routine feature for checking accounts in the US. But yes, if your debit card has a logo for one of the big payment processors, then most merchants displaying that logo should be able to accept it, even if their transactions use a credit function rather than the debit function.
The problem is that in many continental European countries, MasterCard/Visa cards with 16-digit numbers etc are things that most people don't have. Payments are made using chip&PIN cards or bank transfer.

I've always been baffled by how hesitant UK-based individuals and companies are to give me their bank account information (so I can send them money), citing security concerns.