Prepaid cards are available online and at retail locations, and buying one is anonymous when you go the latter route.
However, while you’ll be able to load funds to a prepaid card obtained in store at the time you get it, you won’t be able to anonymously reload it for recurring use.
Can a prepaid card be traced?
A) Yes, they do keep track of purchases. Almost all prepaid gift cards require some form of registration where they collect different data about you: name, address, zip code, phone number, etc. The gift card becomes an account, and you can review your purchase history just like a regular credit card.
Are prepaid debit cards reported to IRS?
Prepaid debit cards usually have less consumer protection than either bank debit or credit cards. Unlike credit and debit cards, prepaid accounts are not covered by the Electronic Funds Transfer Act or Fair Credit Billing Act. Thus, you could lose all funds on your card in case of theft.
Can you use a prepaid card for anything?
Unlike traditional debit cards, however, you don’t need a bank account to use a prepaid card. Because prepaid cards are associated with major card networks – Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover – they can be used anywhere debit cards can: to buy groceries, gas up your car, even pay bills online.
Why is my Visa gift card being declined?
Visa gift cards are linked to bank accounts that generally must be activated in order to receive transactions. Inactive cards will be declined if used for payment because the associated bank accounts are not ready to be used. When the gift card is loaded with value (purchased), the gift card is automatically activated.
Where can you purchase Visa gift cards?
Visa gift cards are sold at major retailers like Walmart, Amazon and other stores with gift card displays — grocery stores, convenience stores, drug stores, etc. Some banks, including U.S. Bank and TD Bank also sell Visa gift cards to their customers.