Curve Card Services Disrupted Due to Wirecard’s Suspended License

Customers advised carrying alternate cards and payment methods

Ax Sharma
3 min readJun 26, 2020

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Originally published at https://securityreport.com on June 26, 2020.

In an email sent out today to Curve card customers, it is stated that their card would no longer be working, at least temporarily.

Curve is an all-in-one credit card product in UK which lets customers carry a single card, and switch between different credit and debit cards using the company’s app while using the same Curve card.

Source: Security Report

To make this functionality work, Curve uses Wildcard as their financial partner but was looking to move away from them, as reported by Financial Times.

The email sent out by Curve today mentions:

“Curve currently relies on Wirecard Card Solutions Limited for all its financial transactions. Until we fully migrate, we are impacted by this suspension (as are all Wirecard’s other clients to whom they provide financial transaction services).”

The complete text of the email is pasted below:

WIRECARD LICENCE SUSPENDED — PLEASE CARRY A BACK-UP CARD.

Dear Curve Customers,

Your Curve card and all associated Curve transaction and money transfer services will be temporarily suspended with immediate effect. Please be assured, we expect to be up and running again shortly but it may take a few days. Your money and card details held at Curve are safe and secure.

This has happened because the Financial Conduct Authority 1has this morning suspended its permission for Wirecard Card Solutions Limited (the company who currently issues Curve Cards) to operate, without prior notice. This action is not related to Curve — but Curve currently depends on Wirecard for operation of the Curve card.

We are already well on the way to migrating away from Wirecard but have not fully completed this process. We are now working round the clock to achieve the migration as

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Ax Sharma

Security Researcher | Tech Columnist | https://hey.ax