You soon won’t need a card to withdraw cash at this bank’s ATMs

By March 24, 2017 Bitcoin Business
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Say goodbye to plastic.
Say goodbye to plastic.

Plastic is soooo yesterday.

Wells Fargo, being the hippest bank to allegedly open more than 2 million fraudulent accounts in its customers' names, knows this.

And so, as of March 27, the San Francisco-based company is giving its account holders a way to access their money at 13,000 Wells Fargo ATMs across the U.S. without the use of a physical ATM card.

As long as they have a smartphone, that is.

Reuters reports that instead of the old fashioned insert-a-card-into-the-machine routine, customers can use the Wells Fargo app to generate an eight-digit code. That code, plus a customer's PIN number, will allow the withdraw of cash.

"Security certainly was a big aspect of the cardless feature and the two-step identification helps reduce the risk of fraud," Jonathan Velline, the head of ATM and branch banking for Wells Fargo, told the news agency.

(But what if the fraud is coming from inside the house?)

Now when you get held up at an ATM thieves can take your phone as well as your cash. Progress!

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Now when you get held up at an ATM thieves can take your phone as well as your cash. Progress!

Not having to enter a physical card at ATMs would greatly reduce the risk posed by card skimmers, and would make it possible to leave your debit card at home when you head out on the town.

Wells Fargo is not the only bank attempting to go cardless when it comes to ATM transactions. Bank of America has allowed customers to use Apple Pay to withdraw cash since 2016, and ATM-solutions companies FIS and Payment Alliance International (PAI) worked together last year to bring cardless withdraws to over 70,000 ATMs.

Basically, not needing your debit card to get cash is the way of the future. Or was it Bitcoin ATMs that were the way of the future? Hmm. We forgot. Either way, the future is totally here and it's totally cardless.

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