Mastercard Gift Card Cardholder Agreement
10615 Professional Circle, Suite 102; Reno NV 89521 (“Address”)
1(877) 322-4710 (“Customer Service Number”) (toll-free)
- GIVE THIS DOCUMENT TO THE RECIPIENT OF THE GIFT CARD FOR ANY FUTURE QUESTIONS OR ISSUES.
- PLEASE READ CAREFULLY. THIS AGREEMENT CONTAINS AN ARBITRATION PROVISION (“DISPUTE CLAUSE” SECTION) REQUIRING ALL CLAIMS TO BE RESOLVED BY WAY OF BINDING ARBITRATION.
- ALWAYS KNOW THE EXACT DOLLAR AMOUNT AVAILABLE ON YOUR CARD. MERCHANTS MAY NOT HAVE ACCESS TO DETERMINE YOUR CARD BALANCE.
- IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THESE TERMS, DO NOT USE THE CARD, SAVE YOUR RECEIPT, AND CANCEL THE CARD BY CALLING CUSTOMER SERVICE AND REQUESTING A REFUND CHECK.
Fees associated with your Gift CardActivation Fee:
Replacement Card at Expiration:
ABOUT YOUR CARD
The Card is a prepaid Card loaded with a specific amount of funds, redeemable to buy goods and services anywhere Debit Mastercard is accepted in the United States. No additional funds may be added to this Card. The Card is NOT a credit Card. The Card is not a checking account or connected in any way to any account other than a stored value account where your funds are held. You will not receive any interest on the funds in your Card account. If you have registered your Card, the funds in your Card account will be insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”), subject to applicable limitations and restrictions of such insurance. You may register your Card by visiting the Website at mcgift.giftcardmall.com or calling the Customer Service Number.
USING YOUR CARD
Accessing Funds and Limitations
You may use your Card to obtain goods or services wherever the Card is honored in the United States. Each time you use your Card, you authorize us to reduce the value available on your Card by the amount of the transaction. Your Card cannot be:
- redeemed for cash;
- used to obtain cash in any transaction;
- used for illegal transactions;
- used to make foreign transactions; or
- used for purchases where recurring payments may occur, such as subscriptions, memberships, rentals, etc.
Your card is valid in the U.S. only. It cannot be used at merchants outside of the United States, including internet and mail/telephone order merchants outside of the United States. Although your Card will not be accepted at locations outside of the United States, it is welcome anywhere Debit Mastercard is accepted in the United States.
Personal Identification Number (PIN)
If you wish to make PIN debit purchases, you may obtain a PIN by visiting the Website at mcgift.giftcardmall.com or calling the Customer Service Number. Cards are not accepted at ATMs and cannot be used to obtain cash in any purchase transaction. You should not write or keep your PIN with your Card. Never share your PIN with anyone and do not enter your PIN into any terminal that appears to be modified or suspicious. If you believe that there has been unauthorized access to your PIN, you should advise us immediately, following the procedures in the section labeled “Unauthorized Transactions.”
Obtaining Card Balance Information
You should keep track of the amount of value loaded on Cards issued to you. You may obtain information about the amount of money you have remaining in your Card account at no charge by contacting Customer Service. This information, along with a 60-day history of account transactions, is also available online by visiting our Website. You also have the right to obtain a sixty (60) day written history of account transactions by contacting Customer Service.
Until you sign, you may present the Card to another person. If you do provide access to your Card or Card number, you are liable for all transactions made with the Card or Card number by those persons. You must notify us to revoke permission for any person you previously authorized to use Card information or have access to your account. You are responsible for all transactions and fees incurred by you or any other person you have authorized.
You do not have the right to stop payment on any purchase transaction originated by use of your Card. With certain types of purchases (such as those made at restaurants, hotels, or similar purchases), your Card may be “preauthorized” for an amount greater than the transaction amount to cover gratuity or incidental expenses. Any preauthorization amount will place a “hold” on your available funds until the merchant sends us the final payment amount of your purchase. Once the final payment amount is received, the preauthorization amount on hold will be removed. During this time, you will not have access to preauthorized amounts. If you authorize a transaction and then fail to make a purchase of that item as planned, the approval may result in a hold for that amount of funds.
Returns and Refunds
If you are entitled to a refund for any reason for goods or services obtained with your Card, the return and refund will be handled by the merchant. If the merchant credits your Card, the credit may not be immediately available. While merchant refunds post as soon as they are received, please note that we have no control over when a merchant sends a credit transaction and the refund may not be available for a number of days after the date the refund transaction occurs.
You may wish to retain receipts as a record of transactions. Receipts will be required if you need to verify a transaction.
Split Transactions and other uses
If you do not have enough funds available in your Card account, you may be able to instruct the merchant to charge a part of the purchase to the Card and pay the remaining amount with another form of payment. These are called “split transactions.” Some merchants do not allow cardholders to conduct split transactions. Some merchants will only allow you to do a split transaction if you pay the remaining amount in cash.
If you use your Card number without presenting your Card (such as for an internet transaction, a mail order or a telephone purchase), the legal effect will be the same as if you used the Card itself. Payment for pay-at-the-pump stations must be made inside.
YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO EXCEED THE BALANCE OF THE FUNDS AVAILABLE ON YOUR CARD. If you attempt to use the Card when there are insufficient funds associated with it, the transaction will generally be declined. Nevertheless, if a transaction that exceeds the balance of the funds available on your Card occurs due to a systems malfunction or otherwise, you shall remain fully liable to us for the amount of the transaction.
The funds on your Card do not expire. The "valid thru" date indicated on the front of your Card is not an expiration date, but is intended primarily for fraud protection purposes and also permits your Card to be used with certain Internet or mail/telephone order merchants. After the "valid thru" date, your available funds will be temporarily unavailable until you contact Customer Service for a replacement Card with a new "valid thru" date. You will not be charged a replacement Card fee if you are ordering a replacement Card due to your Card expiring, in order to continue accessing unused funds. If your Card still has unused funds on it after your Card expires, you may order a new Card by contacting Customer Service. Upon contacting us for any lost/stolen card, your funds will be temporarily unavailable until you activate your replacement Card.
You agree that we may monitor and record any calls or other communications between us and you. You also agree that we or our service providers may contact you by using an automated dialing or email system, by text, or artificial or recorded voice. You agree to pay any service charges assessed by your plan provider for communications we send or make to you or that you send or make to us.
For purposes of these disclosures, our business days are Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays.
Contact Customer Service Immediately
If you believe your Card has been lost or stolen or an unauthorized transaction has been made using the information from your Card without your permission, contact Customer Service IMMEDIATELY. We will ask for the Card number and other identifying details. We cannot assist you if you do not have the Card number . We reserve the right to investigate any claim you may make with respect to a lost or stolen Card or unauthorized transaction, and you agree to cooperate with such investigation. We may not be able to assist you if you do not contact us within 60 days of the unauthorized transaction. A reissued Card may take up to 30 days to process.
Your Liability for Unauthorized Mastercard Prepaid Card Transactions
Under Mastercard’s Zero Liability Policy, your liability for unauthorized transactions on your Mastercard-branded Card is $0.00 if you notify us promptly upon becoming aware of the loss or theft, and you exercised reasonable care in safeguarding your Card from loss, theft, or unauthorized use. This policy limiting your liability does not apply to debit transactions not processed by Mastercard, certain commercial transactions, or unregistered cards.
NO WARRANTIES AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
We are not responsible for the quality, safety, legality, or any other aspect of any goods or services purchased with a Card or using the Card Account. Further, we will not be liable:
- If, through no fault of ours, you do not have enough funds available in your Card account to complete the transaction;
- If a merchant refuses to accept your Card;
- If an electronic terminal where you are making a transaction does not operate properly;
- If access to your Card has been blocked after you reported your Card lost or stolen;
- If circumstances beyond our control (such as fire, flood or computer or communication failure) prevent the completion of the transaction; or
- For any other exception stated in our Agreement with you.
English Language Controls
Translations of this Agreement that may have been provided are for your convenience only and may not accurately reflect the original English meaning. The meanings of terms, conditions, and representations herein are subject to definitions and interpretations in the English language.
You may not assign or transfer your Card or your obligations under this Agreement. We may, however, transfer or assign our rights under this Agreement, including any balances in your Card.
You will be notified of any change to this Agreement in the manner required by applicable law prior to the effective date of the change. However, if the change is made for security purposes, we can implement such change without prior notice. We do not waive our rights by delaying or failing to exercise them at any time (for example, assessing a fee less than described, or not all, for any reason does not waive our right to begin charging the fee as set forth in this Agreement without notice). If any provision of this Agreement is determined to be invalid or unenforceable under any rule, law, or regulation of any governmental agency, local, state, or federal, the validity or enforceability of any other provision of this Agreement will not be affected. This Agreement will be governed by the law of the state of South Dakota except to the extent governed by federal law. Should your Card have a remaining balance after a certain period of inactivity, we may be required to remit the remaining funds to the appropriate state agency.
AMENDMENT AND CANCELLATION
We may amend or change the terms of this Agreement at any time, subject to applicable law. You will be notified of any change in the manner required by applicable law prior. However, if the change is made for security purposes, we can implement such change without prior notice.
PRIVACYInformation We Collect:
Disclosures: We may also disclose information about your Card or the transactions you make to third parties in order to:
- Information about purchases made with the Card, such as date of purchase, amount and place of purchase
- Information you provide to us when you apply for a Card, or for replacement Cards or when you contact us with customer service issues, such as name, address, phone number
- Complete transactions;
- Verify the existence and condition of your Card account for a third party, such as merchant;
- Provide customer services;
- Process claims for lost or stolen Cards;
- Help protect against fraud and to conduct research and analysis; or
- Comply with government agency or court orders, or other legal reporting requirements.
WAIVER OF RIGHT TO TRIAL BY JURY
YOU AND WE ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE RIGHT TO TRIAL BY JURY IS A CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT BUT MAY BE WAIVED IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES. TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, YOU AND WE KNOWINGLY AND VOLUNTARILY WAIVE ANY RIGHT TO TRIAL BY JURY IN THE EVENT OF LITIGATION ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THIS AGREEMENT. THIS JURY TRIAL WAIVER SHALL NOT AFFECT OR BE INTERPRETED AS MODIFYING IN ANY FASHION THE DISPUTE CLAUSE SET FORTH IN THE FOLLOWING SECTION, IF APPLICABLE, WHICH CONTAINS ITS OWN SEPARATE JURY TRIAL WAIVER.
We have put this Dispute Clause in question and answer form to make it easier to follow. However, this Dispute Clause is part of this Agreement and is legally binding. For purposes of this section, our “Notice Address” is: MetaBank, Attn: Customer Service, 5501 S Broadband Ln, Sioux Falls, SD 57108.
Background and Scope. Question Short Answer Further Detail What is arbitration? An alternative to court In arbitration, a third party arbitrator (“Arbitrator”) solves Disputes in an informal hearing. Is it different from court and jury trials? Yes The hearing is private. There is no jury. It is usually less formal, faster and less expensive than a lawsuit. Pre-hearing fact finding is limited. Appeals are limited. Courts rarely overturn arbitration awards. Can you opt-out of this Dispute Clause? Yes, within 60 days If you do not want this Dispute Clause to apply, you must send us a signed notice within 60 calendar days after you purchase the Card. You must send the notice in writing (and not electronically) to our Notice Address, Attn: General Counsel. Provide your name, address and Card number. State that you “opt out” of the dispute clause. What is this Dispute Clause about? The parties' agreement to arbitrate Disputes Unless prohibited by applicable law and unless you opt out, you and we agree that you or we may elect to arbitrate or require arbitration of any "Dispute" as defined below. Who does the Dispute Clause cover? You, us and certain "Related Parties" This Dispute Clause governs you and us. It also covers certain "Related Parties": (1) our parents, subsidiaries and affiliates; (2) our employees, directors, officers, shareholders, members and representatives; and (3) any person or company that is involved in a Dispute you pursue at the same time you pursue a related Dispute with us. What Disputes does the Dispute Clause cover? All Disputes (except certain Disputes about this Dispute Clause) This Dispute Clause governs all “Disputes” that would usually be decided in court and are between us (or any Related Party) and you. In this Dispute Clause, the word “Disputes” has the broadest reasonable meaning. It includes all claims even indirectly related to your Card or this Agreement. It includes claims related to the validity in general of this Agreement. However, it does not include disputes about the validity, coverage or scope of this Dispute Clause or any part of this Dispute Clause. (This includes a Dispute about the rule against class arbitration.) All such disputes are for a court and not an Arbitrator to decide. Who handles the arbitration? Usually AAA or JAMS Arbitrations are conducted under this Dispute Clause and the rules of the arbitration administrator in effect when the arbitration is started. However, arbitration rules that conflict with this Dispute Clause do not apply. The arbitration administrator will be either: Can Disputes be litigated? Sometimes Either party may bring a lawsuit if the other party does not demand arbitration. We will not demand arbitration of any lawsuit you bring as an individual action in small-claims court. However, we may demand arbitration of any appeal of a small-claims decision or any small-claims action brought on a class basis. Are you giving up any rights? Yes For Disputes subject to this Dispute Clause, you give up your right to:
- Have juries decide Disputes.
- Have courts, other than small-claims courts, decide Disputes.
- Serve as a private attorney general or in a representative capacity.
- Join a Dispute you have with a dispute by other consumers.
- Bring or be a class member in a class action or class arbitration.
Can you or another consumer start a class arbitration? No The Arbitrator is not allowed to handle any Dispute on a class or representative basis. All Disputes subject to this Dispute Clause must be decided in an individual arbitration or an individual small-claims action. This Dispute Clause will be void if a court rules that the Arbitrator can decide a Dispute on a class basis and the court's ruling is not reversed on appeal. What law applies? The Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) This Agreement and the Cards involve interstate commerce. Thus, the FAA governs this Dispute Clause. The Arbitrator must apply substantive law consistent with the FAA. The Arbitrator must honor statutes of limitation and privilege rights. Punitive damages are governed by the constitutional standards that apply in judicial proceedings. Will anything I do make this Dispute Clause ineffective? No This Dispute Clause stays in force even if: (1) you or we end this Agreement; or (2) we transfer or assign our rights under this Agreement. Process. What must a party do before starting a lawsuit or arbitration? Send a written Dispute notice and work to resolve the Dispute Before starting a lawsuit or arbitration, the complaining party must give the other party written notice of the Dispute. The notice must explain in reasonable detail the nature of the Dispute and any supporting facts. If you are the complaining party, you must send the notice in writing (and not electronically) to our Notice Address, Attn: General Counsel. You or an attorney you have personally hired must sign the notice and must provide the Card number and a phone number where you (or your attorney) can be reached. A letter from us to you will serve as our written notice of a Dispute. Once a Dispute notice is sent, the complaining party must give the other party a reasonable opportunity over the next 30 days to resolve the Dispute on an individual basis. How does an arbitration start? Mailing a notice If the parties do not reach an agreement to resolve the Dispute within 30 days after notice of the Dispute is received, the complaining party may commence a lawsuit or an arbitration, subject to the terms of this Dispute Clause. To start an arbitration, the complaining party picks the administrator and follows the administrator's rules. If one party begins or threatens a lawsuit, the other party can demand arbitration. This demand can be made in court papers. It can be made if a party begins a lawsuit on an individual basis and then tries to pursue a class action. Once an arbitration demand is made, no lawsuit can be brought and any existing lawsuit must stop. Will any hearing be held nearby? Yes The Arbitrator may decide that an in-person hearing is unnecessary and that he or she can resolve a Dispute based on written filings and/or a conference call. However, any in-person arbitration hearing must be held at a place reasonably convenient to you. What about appeals? Very limited Appeal rights under the FAA are very limited. The Arbitrator’s award will be final and binding. Any appropriate court may enter judgment upon the arbitrator's award. Arbitration Fees and Awards. Who bears arbitration fees? Usually, we do. We will pay all filing, administrative, hearing and Arbitrator fees if you act in good faith, cannot get a waiver of such fees and ask us to pay. When will we cover your legal fees and costs? If you win If you win an arbitration, we will pay the reasonable fees and costs for your attorneys, experts and witnesses. We will also pay these amounts if required under applicable law or the administrator's rules or if payment is required to enforce this Dispute Clause. The Arbitrator shall not limit his or her award of these amounts because your Dispute is for a small amount. Will you ever owe us for arbitration or attorneys' fees? Only for bad faith The Arbitrator can require you to pay our fees if (and only if): (1) the Arbitrator finds that you have acted in bad faith (as measured by the standards set forth in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11(b)); and (2) this power does not make this Dispute Clause invalid. Can an award be explained? Yes A party may request details from the Arbitrator, within 14 days of the ruling. Upon such request, the Arbitrator will explain the ruling in writing.This Card is issued by MetBank, Member FDIC, pursuant to license by Mastercard International Incorporated.MetaBank
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