Look for the Maestro acceptance logo. Some merchants don't display decals... don't be afraid to ask if you can use your Maestro card to make purchases.
Present your Maestro debit card to the merchant at the time of the transaction. The merchant will dip or swipe the card into the payment terminal and enter the purchase information. Next, verify the amount. Some merchants offer a cash back option that allows you to obtain cash over and above the amount of your purchase.
Enter your Personal Identification Number (PIN) on the keypad or sign the printed receipt*
The terminal processes the transaction and confirms that funds are available. A receipt prints out, and the transaction amount is automatically deducted from your current account.
On the Internet
Making purchases online is just as easy as visiting the High Street with your Maestro card. As Internet shopping has become increasingly popular most reputable retailers run sites that are safe and highly secure.
MasterCard SecureCode adds another level of security to your online shopping. Find out whether your Maestro card issuer offers MasterCard SecureCode by clicking here.
However, if you are concerned about security, CardWatch offers some simple guidelines to follow when buying online. These should ensure that your shopping is as safe as it would be on the high street.
*Currently, in some countries you may be requested to sign a receipt to complete your Maestro transaction rather than enter your PIN.