As reality reveals, not every internet user has his own credit or debit card. Hence, many of them are not able to enjoy the convenience of transacting online. Another important consideration is that, many credit card users are afraid that their card information will be compromised.
With these problems, business developers were able to come up with a solution that is beneficial for everyone: a Virtual Credit Card.
What is a Virtual Credit Card (VCC)?
A VCC is a pre-loaded, in some cases re-loadable, card account that works in replacement of a debit card. It is like having a real debit card account without having the physical card. With a VCC, you can have peace of mind while shopping or transacting online. It doesn’t require you to reveal your personal information because you can use it with any name and address. Fast, convenient and secure. Plus, VCCs can be used anywhere in the world where major credit cards are accepted. There may be some country restrictions so some merchants may block the transaction because of user’s IP address but you can overcome this issue by using a socks or a proxy server.
Virtual credit cards will provide you with a peace of mind while shopping or transacting online.
Who can use a VCC?
Anyone from around the world can purchase and own a virtual credit card. It can be any person who wants to make payments and transactions online but prefers not to expose his or her own debit card information or it could simply be someone who doesn’t have a debit card at all. Usually, merchants do not require any ID when you purchase a CVV shop. Virtual card details are provided instantly after you make a payment. Clients are responsible for any illegal use of these cards. Payments can usually be made through popular e-currency payment systems such as Liberty Reserve or Webmoney. Some merchants will accept PayPal, Moneybookers, AlertPay etc. Among regular payment options there could also be WU/MG or Bank Wire.
What information is provided after the payment?
After the payment, you will receive the following information:
1. VCC type (Visa, MasterCard)
2. VCC number
3. CVC / CVC2 number (also known as verification code)
4. An expiry date
The most popular VCC among internet users is Visa Virtual. The majority of VCCs out there are issued by Visa but you may see some MasterCard virtual cards as well. Cards are usually delivered instantly after a successful payment by Liberty Reserve or Webmoney. Payment options such as WU/MG or Bank Wire require a merchant to receive funds first before revealing virtual card details.
Where could one use a VCC?
Virtual credit cards can be used for online purchases and transactions on any online merchant, distributor, business websites, or in short, anywhere credit cards are accepted. Some are also used to verify PayPal and other similar payment accounts. Even though VCCs do not require you to reveal your true personal information, a valid address must be provided for online orders that require physical delivery.