Vanilla prepaid credit cards are issued through banks and financial institutions that are not affiliated with the Vanilla prepaid card issuer. Since the Vanilla card is not associated with a bank account, one cannot withdraw funds directly from a bank account using the Vanilla prepaid card. Thus, some people might wonder why they need to have a Vanilla prepaid card. The answer to this question largely depends on your financial situation.
Vanilla can be thought of as the standard prepaid card for the consumer. It does not have all of the features that other cards have and it is not linked to a bank account. If you want to make purchases, you either have to ask a friend or family member to take a picture of the front and back of their card to the store with you or take a picture of the front and back of their card online and send it to the company. Once you have sent it, the company will then take a photo of the front and back of the card and send it back to you. If you do not sign up for a Vanilla prepaid card, none of these things will happen.
First, if you don't sign up for a vanilla prepaid card, if and when you do, your chances of receiving a card with all of the features you want are virtually nil. In short, if it is not an official Visa or MasterCard, there is no chance for you to receive the benefits of having a card. In addition, if you do sign up, you will be restricted in how you use it and may even have less protection than if you did not sign up. Furthermore, when you don't have a social security number, gift cards, or an address to give at the store, some companies will question you about why you are requesting a Vanilla card and where you live.
For those that are wondering, yes, these types of cards can still be purchased online. You can load money onto them using a credit card or you can load money onto them via electronic transfer from your bank account to your Vanilla prepaid card. While debit cards can be used like credit cards, they cannot hold any money on them. Debit cards are considered second class because they cannot hold any type of cash, but you still have to pay interest and must make monthly payments.
Now, for those who think this may be a scam, I have some good news for you. Vanilla prepaid cards are a scam. There is no way anyone could pull a scam on you. They are only a scam if someone asks you for money to load money onto your card or if they ask for information to put money on the card. If you do any of those three things, they can say that you committed a fraud. The last thing someone wants to do is give someone money to load onto a card or if they ask for any information to put money on the card.
All you have to do to prove that this isn't a scam is to ask yourself, “Why would someone want to give me money or any information to load on my Vanilla prepaid card?” That will give you the best answer. If it's because you're trying to answer a question, then you didn't commit a fraud. If it's because you're trying to put money on the card and they don't want to release it because you didn't fill out the application completely, then maybe you did commit a fraud. You have to ask yourself what would motivate someone to do that to load money onto a card.
Now, here's how to avoid being scammed. If someone asks for your Vanilla prepaid card number, don't give it to them. Even if they claim to be an agent and that your number is in their database, don't give it to them until you have a picture of the front and back. If they take a picture of the front and back and want your credit card number, then you already know that they are asking for your information improperly. They must have your credit card number, so take a picture before they leave, and write down the front and back of your card.
If your boyfriend asked you for your Vanilla gift card and you gave it to him, he probably thinks that you really agree with his idea, which is why he asked you. To ensure that he doesn't get scammed, never give your credit card information out over the phone. Whenever someone calls you and claims to be an agent and gives you your Vanilla gift card or debit card and wants your credit card information, call the customer service number on the back and let them explain that you have already received such a card. You don't have to follow up with them, but you should at least take a picture of the front and back of your card so that you can prove that the person calling you is not someone who can help you.