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Access your savings with your smartphone using cardless cash

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Use your phone to withdraw cash from ATMs when you don’t have your debit card.

Some of the top banks have found a way to make accessing your cash even easier. With secure apps installed on your mobile phone, you can access your digital wallet to withdraw the money from an ATM. Your phone is already at your fingertips – now your cash will be too.

What is a cardless cash and how does it work?

Cardless cash works by providing you with a unique code that you enter into an ATM to withdraw cash when you don’t have your card. This is beneficial if you’re on a run, at the beach, at an amusement park or anywhere else you don’t want to carry a card. You can even share your code with friends or family members so they can withdraw money when you’re not there.

Video: How does the process work?

Watch this video to understand how cardless cash works.

How do banks ensure cardless cash transactions are secure?

You want to ensure that your money is protected. Test the relevant app and check what security measures are in place to ensure that no one else can use the app to gain access to your account.

How easy is it to use the app?

It is hard to beat the ease of sliding a card into a machine, entering a code and pulling out your cash. With an app, you want to make sure that the process is just as simple.

How extensive is the ATM network?

Check to see how extensive the ATM network is for each bank. Since this app requires some pre-planning, you don’t want to get your code and then have no ATM to use it at. Also, you need to use an ATM that offers this feature.

Does your device work with the app?

The app will have to work on your current mobile device. For example, NAB Pay is only available for eligible Android devices. Look carefully at the specifications when making your comparisons.

Sharing options

Check to see if you can nominate someone else to pick up the cash on your behalf. In some cases, you just need to provide the app with the appropriate person’s mobile phone number.

Are there limits on cardless cash withdrawals?

You may be limited to the amount of money you can withdraw daily from your account.

Is a time limit applied?

As an added security measure, check to see how long the code is valid after receiving it. Some banks only keep the code valid for 30 minutes.

What are the benefits of using cardless cash?

  • The convenience of traveling light. With cardless cash, you have the ability to travel light when the occasion calls for it.
  • In cases of emergencies. You can continue to access your cash even if you’ve left your wallet at home.
  • You can share it with your trusted family and friends. This makes it easier to give family members limited access to the account when they need it. Rather than paying for extra debit cards or worrying about how much they withdraw, you can control their spending by using the app.
  • No additional costs for using it. The app works the same as a debit card when withdrawing money. As long as you’re using ATMs in your bank’s network, you should not be charged any additional fees.
  • Increased security. In some ways, the app provides more security as the code is for one use only, rather than a debit card which prompts you for the same code each time you use it.

What are the drawbacks of using cardless cash?

  • Only available with a few bank accounts. Right now, there are only three banks in the US that offer this feature with their accounts, limiting your choices when making comparisons.
  • If the ATM network is down, you will not be able to use the code to withdraw money until it is up and running again.

Tips to help you keep your bank account safe when using cardless cash

With any product or device that provides access to your money, either on or offline, you need to be careful about its security. To best protect your money when using cardless cash, avoid the following:

  • Protect your online banking details

Never share the password to your online bank account. With the password, people could gain access to your cardless cash details and make withdrawals without your consent.

  • Monitor suspicious transactions on your account

Although banks take precautions to protect your information, there is always the possibility of a hack. If you notice unauthorized withdrawals from your account using cardless cash, notify the bank immediately.

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    DezaneOctober 13, 2018

    Where are the cardless ATM machines in Tennessee?

    • finder Customer Care
      JhezelynOctober 16, 2018Staff

      Hello Dezane,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Please note that cardless cash works by providing you with a unique code that you use to enter into an ATM to withdraw cash when you don’t have your card. Basically, almost all ATM’s in TN can let you withdraw cash in it if you’ll use cardless cash.

      Should you wish to have real-time answers to your questions, try our chat box on the lower right corner of our page.

      Regards,
      Jhezelyn

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    JuanitaSeptember 4, 2018

    Can government beneficial prepaids have access to atm with out the actual card on emergency

    • finder Customer Care
      CharisseSeptember 5, 2018Staff

      Hi Juanita,

      If you are referring to Direct Express government prepaid card, as of this time it does not have the feature that will allow you to withdraw money from the ATM without using your card. The service that Direct Express has is the Cardless Benefit Access which will allow the cardholders to get up to $1,000 from the available funds in their account without using the card. Funds are issued via money order however there is a fee for the service which ranges from $8.50 to $12.00 based on amount requested.

      You can also confirm this information by contacting Direct Express directly.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Charisse

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