Less than $2,500 More than $2,500
Always Never Sometimes

Embossed

Before the computerized credit card systems were developed, the raised embossed numbers on credit cards were used as a template that would transfer the credit card numbers onto a receipt with carbon paper. Today, the embossed numbers on the credit cards do not serve any particular purpose beyond allowing the credit card holder to use their credit card with an old-fashioned manual credit card zip-zap machine.

Click for the full glossary of credit card terms.

Similar Articles:

Credit Cards

Disclaimer: This content is not provided or commissioned by American Express, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or any other credit card company or issuer. The opinions expressed here are the author's alone, not those of any credit card company or issuer, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any credit card company or issuer. Credit Card Chaser may be compensated through various affiliate programs with advertisers. As always, Credit Card Chaser is an independent website commmitted to helping people research credit card offers and find the best credit card!

Less than $2,500 More than $2,500
Always Never Sometimes