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How can you check the balance on your MasterCard?

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Checking the balance on a MasterCard usually involves visiting the website of the card issuer or calling the issuer's telephone number. This information is often found on the back of the MasterCard card. Some merchants can also provide the balance on some MasterCard cards while in some situations, the cardholder will be given a receipt at the time of transaction that includes the balance.

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How can you check the balance on your MasterCard?
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For credit cards, prepaid cards and travel cards that carry the MasterCard brand, the company recommends that cardholders follow the instructions that came with the card, or look at the back of the card, for details on how to get account information. This information will come from the card issuer.

There are some other ways to get the balance, though, depending on the type of card that is used. Some merchants, for example, can give MasterCard prepaid cardholders information about their balance at the time of purchase. Some merchants are also equipped to reload prepaid MasterCard cards with more money. When this is done, a receipt is typically given to the cardholder with information about the balance. This receipt will contain the updated balance, so it reflects the new money that has just been loaded onto the card.

The general advice from MasterCard is that the cardholder should know their balance before using the card as many merchants will not be able to give them balance information.

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