PayNow raises limit on ad-hoc transactions to $5,000 or more

SINGAPORE – PayNow users will now be able to send a higher amount of money to others on the funds transfer service.

All of the nine participating PayNow banks will allow ad-hoc transactions of at least $5,000, said the Association of Banks in Singapore (ABS) on Monday (Sept 28).

PayNow users were previously able to make daily transactions of up to $1,000 in total without adding the recipient as a payee.

ABS said the move to raise the limit will allow customers to use PayNow for a wider scope of payments to merchants and friends.

The higher limit applies to PayNow on both internet banking and mobile application channels.

It includes scan-and-pay transactions and transfers initiated by entering the NRIC number, mobile number, or Unique Entity Number of the recipient, without first going through the process of adding the recipient as a payee.

The nine participating PayNow banks are Bank of China (BOC), Citibank, DBS, HSBC, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), Maybank, OCBC, Standard Chartered, and United Overseas Bank (UOB).

The transaction limit for retail customers has been raised to $5,000 for BOC, ICBC and UOB; $10,000 for Citibank and StanChart (with scan-and-pay transactions of up to $50,000 for StanChart); and $200,000 for DBS, HSBC, Maybank and OCBC.

Customers will be required to key in their Second Factor Authentication (2FA) for transactions above $1,000.

They may also set their PayNow limit to a level that they are comfortable with, said ABS.

The association said it will continue to work with the industry to promote PayNow as a convenient and secure way to transfer funds.

As of August, there were more than 4.46 million registered PayNow users who have collectively transferred nearly $34 billion, since the service was launched in June 2017.

ABS’ latest announcement comes amid other recent developments for the use of the funds transfer service.

Last Wednesday, the Infocomm Media Development Authority said PayNow Corporate, an instant fund transfer service for businesses, will be integrated into Singapore’s nationwide e-invoicing network.

The authority worked with local banks DBS, OCBC and UOB to develop the solution, which aims to allow businesses to bill and make payment to one another in a seamless online fashion.

The next day, it was announced that DBS PayLah and Standard Chartered customers can now use Google Pay to transfer funds directly from their bank accounts to anyone registered with PayNow.

The two banks are the latest to offer this payment option after OCBC introduced it in April.

Through the integration of Google Pay with the funds transfer service PayNow, customers of DBS PayLah, OCBC and Standard Chartered can link their bank accounts to the Google Pay mobile app so that payments will be directly debited without needing a card.

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