Mastercard Automatic Billing Updater

The ability to set up recurring or future payments is convenient in today’s fast-paced world. However, when your card is lost, stolen, or updated, your automatic, recurring or card-on-file payments risk being interrupted if merchants aren’t updated with your new card information.

For this reason, Mastercard requires all financial institutions that offer debit cards, to participate in the Mastercard Automatic Billing Updater Service (ABU). ABU automatically updates your card information with participating merchants who process recurring or automatic payments. This is so your automatic payments can continue without interruptions when you get a replacement debit card.

VeraBank understands that in some cases, you may wish to exclude your debit card from this program. If you choose to opt out, please email or call Customer Service at 877-566-2621.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: What are the benefits of this service?
A: Benefits include:
  • Reduces declined transactions
  • Helps to ensure on-time bill payment
  • You no longer have to update your card-on-file information with the participating merchant
  • Helps to prevent late fees and service disruptions

Q: What are typical card-on-file payments?
A: Card-on-file transactions are payments processed each time you use the service using a card number you’ve stored with a merchant or service provider. Examples include:
  • Online retailers (i.e. Amazon)
  • Movie/Book/Music download services
  • Prescriptions
  • Online payment services (i.e. Digital Wallet)
  • Transportation services
Q: What are typical automated or recurring payments?
A: Automated or recurring payments are recurring payments you set up with a merchant. Examples include:
  • Utility payments
  • Gym memberships
  • Anti-virus software
  • Insurance premiums
  • Recurring charitable donations
  • Magazine subscriptions
Q: Will all of my debit card information always automatically update?
A: No. Automatic Billing Updater is only available to participating merchants and participation in the service is at each merchant’s discretion. For this reason, it is still your responsibility to ensure merchants have the correct account information.

Q: How do I know what merchants I need to update?
A: Unfortunately, because merchant participation is at each merchant’s discretion, Mastercard does not provide a list of participating merchants. Therefore, we recommend contacting all merchants to confirm they have your new, updated card information.
Still have questions? Call Customer Service at 877-566-2621.

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