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What is an EMV or chip-enabled card?

Chip cards differ from the traditional magnetic stripe cards in these ways:

  • Unlike traditional magnetic stripe cards, duplicating cards is nearly impossible due to the embedded microchip
  • A unique one-time code is generated to validate each transaction
  • Cards are inserted ("dipped") into the terminal and not removed until prompted by the terminal, rather than swiped

Improved Fraud Protection

A chip card has a small microchip built into it that contains the same information that is stored in the magnetic stripe on the back of the card. A chip adds another layer of security to cards by requiring the chip to produce a single-use code to validate the chip transaction, further protecting your card from unauthorized use.

Using a Chip Card


Athens Federal Community Bank Chip Cards

You can count on Athens Federal to provide you with this improved security in these ways:

  • Athens Federal MasterCard® debit cards will be re-issued as chip cards in 2016 through early 2017. Your existing debit card will continue to function until the new chip card is issued and no action is required from you.
  • Our Zero Liability* policy will continue to protect your credit and debit cards from any fraudulent charges.
When you receive your new chip card, please read the card carrier for important information, activation instructions and chip technology FAQs. It is important to note that your new EMV-enabled debit card will be a NEW CARD NUMBER and your existing PIN will not work with the new card. A new PIN will be mailed to you within 3-5 business days of receiving the new card. Once you activate the new card and receive your assigned PIN, you may change your PIN at any ATM located at an Athens Federal branch. If you have automatic payments/drafts associated with your card, please update those payees with your new card number.

Frequently Asked Questions about EMV Chip Cards
Watch > Educational Video about EMV cards and how to use them (YouTube)

Businesses (Merchants): What You Need to Know

To be EMV-ready, simply means upgrading to a chip-enabled terminal and application (hardware and software). With Athens Federal, you would have access to the latest, most secure, fully compliant terminals and applications available. You also will need to know how to perform chip card transactions.

Accepting Chip Cards

Four key reasons to consider upgrading now:

  • Chip technology can help to reduce fraud by validating the card and rejecting counterfeit cards.
  • As a business owner, you never want to lose a sale. Currently, chip cards will still have the magnetic stripe and will be usable at older terminals. However, as consumers are educated on the added security provided by chip cards, they may choose to only shop at stores with EMV-ready terminals.
  • Athens Federal offers many different ways to upgrade your equipment with ease.
  • As of October 1, 2015, if you do not have a chip enabled terminal (excluding petroleum pay-at-pump businesses, who have until October, 2017). This change results from decisions made by card brands like Visa® and MasterCard®. This change will shift the liability for the cost incurred from counterfeit card fraud from the issuer to your business, if the card supplied is a chip card but your business is not using a chip-enabled terminal. As long as you have a chip-enabled terminal, you will not be impacted by the liability shift.