Muscat: In line with the safety and wellbeing of all during the current COVID-19 challenge, Bank Muscat, the flagship financial services provider in the Sultanate, has advised customers to use the bank’s contactless credit, debit and prepaid cards for making point of sale payments at supermarkets and groceries. Bank Muscat’s Just Tap contactless cards, which was launched earlier in 2019, has been very well accepted among customers for enhancing banking convenience with high security.
Cardholders can complete their low-value point-of-sale (POS) transactions with a simple tap of the card at a ‘Just Tap’ enabled point-of-sale (POS) terminal without the need to enter their identification number (PIN) for transactions up to OMR20. Customers will be able to conduct up to 10 transactions totalling up to OMR60 every day using the ‘Just Tap’ feature after which they will be prompted to enter their PIN for any further transaction. All transactions above OMR20 are authorised using a PIN, thereby enabling an ideal mix of convenience and security for customers.
Bank Muscat is the first bank to implement the full-featured contactless payment solution. To use the ‘Just Tap’ feature, customers can tap their contactless card on any POS terminal with the ‘Just Tap’ logo on it, following which the transaction will be automatically processed. The POS terminal will then issue a confirmation receipt for the transaction. With the entire process taking only a few seconds, the customer and the retail outlet will both benefit from faster checkout times. Customers will continue to receive alerts on their mobile phones for all transactions made using their cards.
Card payments and other electronic transactions are becoming increasingly popular with the general public in Oman and Bank Muscat has been facilitating transactional convenience by launching a number of new products in the recent past including contactless prepaid cards. The new contactless cards are in line with the Sultanate’s ambitious eGovernment project and conform to international standards. Their launch reflects the bank’s commitment to ensure ease of use and convenience along with security for all card transactions. More details regarding contactless cards are available at https://www.bankmuscat.com/en/bm-cards/Pages/cards.aspx