A recent Starbucks app compromise will steal not only your balance on your Starbucks app, but if you use the auto-reload feature, will steal that money, too. Within 7 minutes, one woman had $134 stolen from the app. http://www.today.com/video/customers-claim-bank-accounts-hacked-via-starbucks-app-446556739714
With one in 6 Starbucks customers using the app to pay and with $2 billion in transactions done on the mobile app last year, this will likely become a bigger and bigger target. Experts say that hackers are getting away from banks and going more to these third-party apps, since they are a much easier target.
Remember that convenience comes at a cost. If you like the convenience of the app, DO NOT use your debit card to do this, or you risk money being stolen from your bank account. USE YOUR CREDIT CARD INSTEAD. Or, do it ‘old school’ and simply pull the card out of your wallet to pay for your coffee.
And don’t think that Starbucks will help you, either. Numerous stories have surfaced that Starbucks has been fighting with customers who want their money refunded.