SAN RAMON, CA, February 03, 2010 – Paybefore has chosen MoneyGram AccountNow Prepaid
Visa Debit Card as a Paybefore Awards winner in the Best Third-Party Prepaid Product Retail Program.
Paybefore Awards, now in their fourth year, are the most prestigious recognition of excellence in the
worldwide prepaid and stored value card industry. They are presented annually by Prepaid Media, whose
Paybefore publications are the leading source of industry information for the global prepaid community.
"AccountNow is proud to have built this product with a great partner with a great brand. We look
forward to continuing to work with MoneyGram to provide additional innovative services to prepaid
customers." said James G. Jones, Chief Executive Officer of AccountNow.
"We're pleased to be selected for this award that recognizes our enhanced product
offering for retailers," said Tim Summers, general manager of consumer products – Americas.
"We've been in the marketplace about six months and hundreds of agents are offering the
cards. While these cards are available at select locations, they can be reloaded across our network
of 40,000 U.S. agent locations."
MoneyGram AccountNow Prepaid Visa Debit Card was selected by a panel of five industry experts who
served as judges for this year's competition. A record number of entries from around the world
"Paybefore applauds the leaders in our industry who are applying the flexibility and appeal
of prepaid to innovate on behalf of consumers, governments and businesses," said Marilyn
Bochicchio, Paybefore CEO and chair of the judging panel.
"AccountNow and MoneyGram has distinguished itself in a tough field of competition,"
she continued. "We are proud to recognize its contributions to advancing the use of prepaid
The MoneyGram AccountNow Prepaid Visa Debit Card Program was launched in August 2009 to provide a
new MoneyGram, AccountNow and Visa-branded prepaid card at select MoneyGram agent locations, replacing
their previous prepaid card program. As the program manager and a leader in the prepaid market, AccountNow
brings to the partnership expertise in best practices for customer service, customer retention and marketing
of prepaid cards. AccountNow's prepaid offering is the perfect addition to MoneyGram's extensive suite of
products serving underbanked consumers with a low-cost and convenient way to complete financial transactions
such as bill payment and money transfer.
MoneyGram AccountNow Prepaid Visa Debit Card now will vie for best-in-category distinction, which
will be announced during the Paybefore Awards ceremony on Feb. 22 at the Prepaid Expo USA
About AccountNow, Inc.
AccountNow, headquartered in San Ramon, California, is a leading provider of financial solutions for
the 40 million US consumers who do not have established credit or traditional banking relationships.
AccountNow's money saving offers give consumers an alternative to traditional checking accounts by providing
access to financial products and payment systems, including MasterCard and Visa prepaid cards, Pay Anyone
Bill Payment, and FDIC-insured deposits. AccountNow's prepaid MasterCard cards are issued by MetaBank:
(NASDAQ NM: CASH) and AccountNow's Prepaid Visa Cards are issued by Palm Desert National Bank. Visit
AccountNow online at www.accountnow.com or
investor relations, 925.498.1827
About MoneyGram International:
MoneyGram International offers more control and more choices for people separated from friends and
family by distance or those with limited bank relationships to meet their financial needs. A leading
global provider of money transfer services, MoneyGram International helps consumers to safely send
money around the world with funds arriving at available agent locations in as little as 10 minutes.
Its global network is comprised of 186,000 agent locations in more than 190 countries and territories.
MoneyGram's convenient and reliable network includes retailers, international post offices and financial
institutions. To learn more about money transfer at an agent location, please visit www.moneygram.com or
follow us on Facebook.
MetaBank is a federally-chartered savings bank regulated by the Office of Thrift Supervision. Meta
Financial Group, Inc.® is the holding company for MetaBank, Meta Payment
Systems®, and Meta Trust Company®. For more information visit
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