Varo Savings Account Agreement

VARO SAVINGS ACCOUNT AGREEMENTS

EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 17, 2018

PLEASE READ THIS DOCUMENT CAREFULLY AND KEEP A COPY OF IT IN A SAFE PLACE

 

 

Table of Contents

  1. Savings Account Agreements and Disclosures

A. The Agreements

B. Savings Account Basics

C. General Rules Governing Savings Accounts

D. Truth in Savings Disclosures

E. Automatic Savings Agreement

 

 

 

I. SAVINGS ACCOUNT AGREEMENTS AND DISCLOSURES

 

 

A. The Agreements

 

This document contains the Savings Account Agreement ("Savings Agreement") and the Automatic Savings Agreement (both agreements may in some instances be collectively referred to as the "Agreement") for the optional savings account ("Varo Savings Account") made available to eligible consumers by The Bancorp Bank, Wilmington, Delaware, member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation ("FDIC") ("The Bancorp Bank," the "Bank," or "Issuer") on behalf of Varo Money Inc. ("Varo"). Varo is the program partner responsible for managing the Savings Account and its related demand deposit account ("Varo Bank Account"). "We," "our," and "us" refer to the Bank, our successors, affiliates, or assignees. "You" and "your" refer to the owner of the Savings Account.

 

The Varo Bank Account is the demand deposit account available from The Bancorp Bank. The optional Varo Savings Account, which is an interest-bearing savings account, is available to holders of the Varo Bank Account.

The holder of a Varo Bank Account may submit the request to open a Varo Savings Account through the Varo Mobile Application (the "Mobile App"). The Varo Savings Account is not designed for business use, and we may close the Varo Savings Account if we determine it is being used for business purposes. We may refuse to process any transaction(s) we believe may violate any of the terms of the Savings Agreement and/or the Automatic Savings Agreement.

 

Business Days

Our business days are Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays, even if we are open. Any references to "days" found in the Savings Agreement and the Automatic Savings Agreement are calendar days unless indicated otherwise.

 

 

B. Savings Account Basics

 

  1. Who is eligible for a Varo Savings Account
  • The optional Varo Savings Account is available only to citizens and permanent residents of the fifty (50) United States ("U.S.") and the District of Columbia who are at least 18 years of age with a valid Social Security number who are holders of an open and active Varo Bank Account. You must agree to accept electronic, rather than paper statements. This means (i) you must keep us supplied with your valid email address and (ii) you must agree to accept electronic delivery of all account communications (like end-of-year tax forms and monthly statements).
  • To open a Varo Savings Account, your Varo Bank Account must be open and active.
  • We may use information from third parties to help us determine if we should open the Varo Savings Account.

 

  1. Savings Account Titling and Ownership

A Varo Savings Account may only be owned and titled in the name of one (1) natural person who shall solely retain the right to direct the deposit or transfer of funds. The Varo Savings Account cannot be owned or titled jointly, by an organization, or as a payable on death (referred to as "POD") or an in trust for (referred to as "ITF") account.

 

  1. Death or Incapacitation

You or your appointed party, designee, or appointed individual agree to notify us promptly if you become legally incapacitated, are deemed incompetent, or die. We will continue to accept deposits and process transaction instructions into and from the Varo Savings Account until we are: (a) notified of your death or adjudication of incompetency and (b) have a reasonable opportunity to act. You agree that even if we have knowledge of your death we may pay or process transactions involving the Varo Savings Account on or before the date of death for up to ten (10) days after that date unless ordered to stop by someone claiming interest in the Varo Savings Account. We may require additional documentation to confirm any claims made on the Varo Savings Account.

  1. Our Relationship With You

The Agreement and the deposit relationship do not create a fiduciary relationship.

 

  1. Privacy Policy

Our privacy policy is available at www.varomoney.com and is considered part of the Savings Agreement.

 

C. General Rules Governing Savings Accounts

 

The Varo Savings Account and your obligations under the Savings Agreement may not be assigned. We may transfer our rights under the Savings Agreement. Use of the Varo Savings Account is subject to all applicable rules and customs of any clearinghouse or other association involved in transactions. We do not waive our rights by delaying or failing to exercise them at any time. If any provision of the Savings Agreement or the Automatic Savings Agreement is determined to be invalid or unenforceable under any rule, law, or regulation of any governmental agency, local, state, or federal, the validity or enforceability of any other provision of the Agreements shall not be affected. The Agreements will be governed by the law of the State of Delaware except to the extent governed by federal law.

 

  1. Deposits to the Savings Account

  1. Deposits to the Varo Savings Account may be made by making one-time transfers from your Varo Bank Account by using the Mobile App (such transfers are referred to as "Online Transfers") and by direct deposits of ACH transfers initiated from an outside financial institution.
  2. By choosing to activate the optional Automatic Savings feature you will be authorizing Varo to round up qualifying transactions you make using the Varo Bank Account to the nearest whole U.S. dollar and then initiating deposits of those amounts to your Varo Savings Account on your behalf. As described in the Automatic Savings Agreement, these deposits, referred to as "Save Your Change Transfers," will range between $0.01 and $0.99 each and will be deducted from your Varo Bank Account balance. The Automatic Savings feature is described in detail below in Section I (E).

Note: If your Varo Savings Account is cancelled, closed, or terminated for any reason, any direct deposits or ACH transfers received after the Varo Savings Account closure date will be rejected and returned to the originator.

See paragraph 2. Transaction Limitations in Section I (D) for additional information about deposits.

 

  1. Withdrawals from your Savings Account

You may withdraw funds from the Varo Savings Account by transferring funds to your Varo Bank Account using the Mobile App (such transfers are referred to as “Online Transfers”) or by calling a Customer Service agent.

 

Federal regulations limit the number of transfers from the Varo Savings Account to six (6) per statement cycle. Any transfers initiated from the Varo Savings Account to the Varo Bank Account after the sixth transfer using the Mobile App or by calling a Customer Service agent will be blocked until the start of the next statement cycle. At the beginning of the next statement cycle, access to funds transfers from the Varo Savings Account will be restored to six (6) for that cycle.

 

 

 

  1. Preauthorized Transfers

The Varo Savings Account number cannot be used for preauthorized direct debits ("ACH Debits") from merchants, Internet service or other utility service providers. If presented for payment, ACH Debits will be declined.

 

 

  1. Right to Set Off

If the balance of your Varo Bank Account should become negative and then remain negative for fifteen (15) days, the funds, if any, in your Varo Savings Account may be used to repay the negative balance. This means we have the right to set-off any liability, direct or contingent, past, present or future that you owe against any account you have with us. Further, you grant us a lien on and security interest in the funds on deposit in each of your account(s) as security for all of your liabilities and obligations to us, now or in the future. We will notify you by email if we have exercised our right to set off.

 

  1. Legal Processes Affecting Savings Accounts

If legal action such as a garnishment, levy or other state or federal legal process ("Legal Process") is brought against the Varo Savings Account, we may refuse to permit (or may limit) transfers from it until the Legal Process is satisfied or dismissed. Regardless of the terms of such garnishment, levy, or other state or federal process, we have first claim to any and all funds in your Varo Savings Account. We will not contest on your behalf any such Legal Process and may take action to comply with such Legal Process as we determine to be appropriate in the circumstances without liability to you, even if any funds we may be required to pay out leaves insufficient funds for a transfer you have authorized. Payment is made after satisfying any fees, charges or other debts owed to us. You agree that you are responsible for any expenses, including legal expenses and fees we incur due to any Legal Process affecting your Varo Savings Account. We may charge these expenses to your Varo Savings Account. You will indemnify us for any losses if we do this.

 

  1. Account Inactivity

A Varo Savings Account with a zero balance or no customer initiated activity for nine continuous (9) months is considered inactive and is subject to closure. Customer initiated activity includes any one-time transfers you make to or from the Varo Savings Account using the Varo Mobile App ("Online Transfers") and Automated Clearing House ("ACH") direct deposit transfers initiated from an outside financial institution. For additional details about closing the Varo Savings Account, see paragraph 6. Amendment and Cancellation in Section I (D).

 

  1. Statements

Electronic statements are available to view and download in the Mobile App. Varo Savings Account statements are considered correct. Carefully review your statement each statement cycle and notify us of any errors within sixty (60) days of your statement becoming available. You also have a right to obtain a sixty (60) day history of your Varo Savings Account transactions by calling 1-800-827-6526, sending an email to help@varomoney.com, or by writing to P.O. Box 71337, Salt Lake City, UT 84171. You will not automatically receive paper statements.

 

  1. Backup Withholding

Federal law requires us to have a correct Social Security Number (SSN) for every account, and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires you to certify to us whether you are subject to backup withholding. If you are subject to backup withholding, you do not furnish us with the correct SSN, you do not properly certify that you are not subject to backup withholding, or if the IRS notifies us that we do not have a correct SSN for your account, we may close the account. Amounts withheld are reported to the IRS as federal income tax withheld, and will be reflected on your year-end 1099-INT Interest Income Statement.

 

 

D. TRUTH IN SAVINGS DISCLOSURES

 

  1. Opening Deposit and Balance Requirements

There is no minimum deposit requirement to open a Varo Savings Account. While there are no minimum or maximum balance requirements, a Varo Savings Account with a zero balance for nine (9) continuous months will be subject to closure. See paragraph 6. Amendment and Cancellation in Section I (D) below for additional details.

 

  1. Transaction Limitations

 

Deposits to the Varo Savings Account may be made by making one-time Online Transfers from your Varo Bank Account by using the Mobile App, by direct deposits or ACH transfers initiated from an outside financial institution, and if you are participating, through use of the Automatic Savings feature. These are the transfer limits:

 

Transaction TypeFrequency and/or Dollar Limits
Automatic Savings transfers from Varo Bank Account to the Varo Savings AccountNo limit to the number of times per calendar day. Maximum of $0.99 per eligible transaction.
Online transfer from Varo Bank Account to the Varo Savings AccountNo limit to the number of times per calendar day and no maximum dollar limit
Direct deposit by ACH transfer initiated from an outside financial institution*No limit to the number of times per calendar day and no maximum dollar limit

*Direct deposits from an outside financial institution: The recipient's name on any such deposits must match the name of the Varo account holder. Any such deposits received in a name other than the name registered to the Varo Bank Account will be returned to the originator.

 

 

Withdrawals may only be made by making an online transfer from the Varo Savings Account to your Varo Bank Account, or by calling a Customer Service agent. Federal regulations limit the number of transfers from the Varo Savings Account to six (6) per statement cycle. Any transfers initiated from the Varo Savings Account to the Varo Bank Account after the sixth transfer via the Mobile App or Customer Service agent will be blocked until the start of the next statement cycle. At the beginning of the next statement cycle, access to transfers from the Varo Savings Account will be restored to six (6) for that cycle.

 

  1. Rate Information

This is a variable rate account. The current interest rate and Annual Percentage Yield ("APY") for the Varo Savings Account is posted at https://www.varomoney.com/savings-account/. Varo may, at its discretion, change the interest rate and APY for the Varo Savings Account at any time. Interest begins to accrue no later than the business day the deposit is applied to the Varo Savings Account. Interest will be compounded on a daily basis and credited monthly.

 

 

  1. Balance Information

We use the daily balance method to calculate the interest on your Varo Savings Account. This method applies a daily periodic rate to the principal and interest that has been accrued to the account each day. The daily periodic rate is calculated by dividing the interest rate by three hundred sixty-five (365) days, or three hundred sixty-six (366) in leap years. There are no minimum or maximum balance restrictions on the Varo Savings Account.

 

  1. Funds Availability

All online transfers are completed electronically. You will have immediate availability to your funds once they are transferred from the Varo Savings Account to your Varo Bank Account.

 

  1. Amendment and Cancellation

 

We may amend or change the terms and conditions of any Agreement at any time by posting the amended Agreement on www.varomoney.com, and any such amendment shall be effective upon such posting to that website. Current Agreements are available at www.varomoney.com. You will be notified of any change in the manner provided by applicable law prior to the effective date of the change. However, if the change is made for security purposes, we can implement such change without prior notice. We may cancel or suspend your Varo Savings Account or the Agreement at any time. You may cancel the Agreement by calling 1-800-VARO-526 (1-800-827-6526) to close your Varo Savings Account. Your termination of the Agreement will not affect any of our rights or your obligations arising under the Agreement prior to termination.

 

If your Varo Savings Account is cancelled, closed or terminated for any reason, any remaining balance will be transferred to your Varo Bank Account. If your Varo Savings Account is closed prior to the end of the statement cycle, any accrued interest earned for that statement cycle will be forfeited.

Note: If your Varo Savings Account is cancelled, closed, or terminated for any reason, any direct deposits or ACH transfers received after the Varo Savings Account closure date will be rejected and returned to the originator.

 

Important:  If your Varo Bank Account is closed for any reason, the Varo Savings Account will automatically be closed.  Upon closure, any remaining funds in the Varo Savings Account, including any interest payments due to you, will be aggregated with the remaining funds in your Varo Bank Account. The aggregated funds will then be made available for refund in accordance with the terms of paragraph 6. Amendment and Cancellation found in Section I (C) where we describe the process of closing the Varo Bank Account and refunding the account balance.

 

If your Varo Savings Account is cancelled, closed or terminated for any reason any remaining balance will be transferred to your Varo Bank Account. You will be ineligible to request a new Varo Savings Account until ninety (90) days have lapsed following the day the prior Varo Savings Account was closed. If your Varo Savings Account is closed prior to the end of a statement cycle, any accrued interest earned for that statement cycle will be forfeited. Only one active Varo Savings Account is allowed per customer.

 

  1. Our Liability for Failure to Complete Transactions

If we do not properly complete a transaction between your Varo Savings Account and your Varo Bank Account on time or in the correct amount according to this Agreement with you, we will be liable for your losses or damages. However, there are some exceptions. We will not be liable, for instance:

  • If through no fault of ours, you do not have enough funds available in your Varo Savings Account to complete the Online Transfer;
  • If access to your Varo Savings Account or Varo Bank Account has been blocked after you reported your Card or Varo Bank Account number lost or stolen;
  • If there is a hold or your funds are subject to legal or administrative process or other encumbrance restricting their use;
  • If we have reason to believe the requested transaction is unauthorized;
  • If circumstances beyond our control (such as fire, flood, or computer communication failure) prevent the completion of the transaction, despite reasonable precautions that we have taken; or
  • Any other exception stated in this Agreement with you.

 

  1. Confidentiality

We may disclose information to third parties about your Varo Savings Account or the transactions you make:

  • Where it is necessary for completing transactions;
  • In order to verify the existence and condition of your Varo Savings Account for a third party;
  • In order to comply with government agency, court order, or other legal or administrative reporting requirements;
  • If you consent by giving us your written permission;
  • To our employees, auditors, affiliates, service providers, or attorneys as needed; or
  • Otherwise as necessary to fulfill our obligations under this Agreement.

 

  1. Information About Your Right to Dispute Errors

If you believe your Varo Savings Account number has been lost, stolen, or compromised in any way, or someone has transferred or may transfer money from your Varo Savings Account without your permission, contact us immediately by calling 1-800-827-6526, or writing to PO Box 71337, Salt Lake City, UT 84171 or emailing us at help@varomoney.com. While the nature and frequency of transactions into and out of your Varo Savings Account are described in this Agreement, please see Section II, "ELECTRONIC FUNDS TRANSFER DISCLOSURE AND SPECIAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS" of the Varo Bank Account Agreement where your liability for unauthorized transfers from the Varo Bank Account is explained.

 

 

  1. Customer Service

 

For customer service assistance or additional information regarding the Varo Savings Account, please email help@varomoney.com or call 1-800-VARO-526 (1-800-827-6526).

 

Customer Service agents are available to answer your calls:

Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. PT and Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. PT.

 

  1. Telephone Monitoring/Recording

 

From time to time we may monitor and/or record telephone calls between you and us to assure the quality of our member service team or as required by applicable law.

 

 

 

 

  1. Arbitration

 

Any claim, dispute, or controversy ("Claim") arising out of or relating in any way to: i) the Agreement; ii) the Savings Account; iii) your establishment of the Savings Account; iv) your use of the Savings Account; v) the amount of available funds in the Savings Account; vi) advertisements, promotions or oral or written statements related to the Savings Account; vii) the benefits and services related to the Savings Account; or viii) transactions made using the Savings Account, no matter how described, pleaded or styled, shall be FINALLY and EXCLUSIVELY resolved by binding individual arbitration conducted by the American Arbitration Association ("AAA") under its Consumer Arbitration Rules.  This arbitration agreement is made pursuant to a transaction involving interstate commerce, and shall be governed by the Federal Arbitration Act (9 U.S.C. 1-16).

 

We will pay the initial filing fee to commence arbitration and any arbitration hearing that you attend shall take place in the federal judicial district of your residence.

 

ARBITRATION OF YOUR CLAIM IS MANDATORY AND BINDING.  NEITHER PARTY WILL HAVE THE RIGHT TO LITIGATE THAT CLAIM THROUGH A COURT.   IN ARBITRATION, NEITHER PARTY WILL HAVE THE RIGHT TO A JURY TRIAL OR TO ENGAGE IN DISCOVERY, EXCEPT AS PROVIDED FOR IN THE AAA CODE OF PROCEDURE. 

 

For a copy of the procedures, to file a Claim or for other information about this organization, contact it at: AAA, 335 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10017, or at www.adr.org. 

 

All determinations as to the scope, interpretation, enforceability and validity of the Agreement shall be made final exclusively by the arbitrator, which award shall be binding and final.  Judgment on the arbitration award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction.

 

NO CLASS ACTION, OR OTHER REPRESENTATIVE ACTION OR PRIVATE ATTORNEY GENERAL ACTION OR JOINDER OR CONSOLIDATION OF ANY CLAIM WITH A CLAIM OF ANOTHER PERSON OR CLASS OF CLAIMANTS SHALL BE ALLOWABLE.

 

This arbitration provision shall survive: i) the termination of the Agreement; ii) the bankruptcy of any party; iii) any transfer, sale or assignment of your Savings Account, or any amounts owed on your Savings Account, to any other person or entity; or iv) closing of the Savings Account.  If any portion of this arbitration provision is deemed invalid or unenforceable, the remaining portions shall remain in force.

 

IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO THE TERMS OF THIS ARBITRATION AGREEMENT, CALL 1-800-VARO-526 (1-800-827-6526) TO CLOSE THE VARO SAVINGS ACCOUNT AND REQUEST A REFUND, IF APPLICABLE.

 

D. Automatic Savings Agreement

  1. Eligibility

You must have an open and active Varo Bank Account and Varo Savings Account to be eligible to enroll in one or both of the automatic savings features described in Section 3 below ("Automatic Savings").

We and/or Varo reserve the right to cancel or modify Automatic Savings, or terminate your eligibility, at any time with or without prior notice.

  1. Opt-in

You may activate or disable Automatic Savings at any time in the Varo Mobile App or by emailing Varo Customer Service at help@varomoney.com or by calling 1-800-526-VARO (1-800-827-6526).

  1. How it works
  1. Save Your Change:
    Following the accountholder's activation of the Save Your Change feature, each qualifying transaction (as defined below in section 4.1) that debits the Varo Bank Account is rounded up to the nearest whole U.S. dollar. Foreign purchases are rounded up to the nearest whole dollar after the purchase is converted to U.S. dollars. The difference between the dollar value of the transaction and the rounding amount (between $0.01 and $0.99) will be deposited to the Varo Savings Account. The Mobile App Transaction History for the Varo Bank Account will refer to this generically as a "To Varo Savings Account" transaction while the statement will identify the transaction as a "Save Your Change Transfer.".
  2. Save Your Pay:
    Activation of the Save Your Pay feature requires designation of a percentage of each qualifying transaction (as defined below in section 4.2) to be transferred from the Varo Bank Account to the Varo Savings Account. When a qualifying transaction is initially credited to the Varo Bank Account, the designated percentage will be calculated based on the dollar amount credited to the Varo Bank Account. This amount will then be transferred from the Varo Bank Account balance to the Varo Savings Account balance. For example, if 10% is designated and the Varo Bank Account receives a qualifying transaction of $1,000, $100 will be transferred from the Varo Bank Account balance to the Varo Savings Account balance. If 15% is designated, $150 will be transferred from the Varo Bank Account balance to the Varo Savings Account balance. The Mobile App Transaction History for the Varo Bank Account will refer to this generically as a "To Varo Savings Account" transaction while the statement will identify the transaction as a "Save Your Pay Transfer."
  1. What are qualifying transactions?

Qualifying transactions that debit the Varo Bank Account are:

  1. Signature and PIN transactions made with the Varo Visa® Debit Card
  2. Direct debits ("ACH Debits") from your Varo Bank Account by merchants, utility service providers, and other financial institutions
  3. ACH transfers from your Varo Bank Account to another bank account you own using the Mobile App
  4. Bill payments ("Bill Pay") to third-parties made from your Varo Bank Account using the Mobile App

Qualifying transactions for the Save Your Pay feature are limited to direct deposit of Automated Clearing House (ACH) transfers to your Varo Bank Account which have been initiated from a financial institution.

IMPORTANT: Instant transfers made by payors using your 16-digit Varo Visa Debit Card number are not qualifying transactions for Save Your Pay.

  1. Automatic Savings Transfer Timing

    The timing of each Automatic Savings deposit or transfer to the Varo Savings Account varies based on what type of qualifying transaction occurred:

    i) Each qualifying transaction made with the Varo Visa Debit Card as described in Section 4.1.a will yield one (1) Save Your Change deposit to the Varo Savings Account when the authorized transaction settles, i.e., is finalized. NOTE: A transaction typically settles within one (1) to three (3) business days of the transaction date; settlement timing depends on the merchant's actions.

    ii) Each qualifying transaction described in Sections 4.1. b - d will yield one (1) Save Your Change deposit to the Varo Savings Account which in most cases will occur immediately after the Varo Bank Account has been debited for the transaction.

    iii) Each qualifying direct deposit made to the Varo Bank Account as described in Section 4.2 will yield one (1) Save Your Pay deposit to the Varo Savings Account which in most cases will occur immediately after the Varo Bank Account has been credited for the transaction.

  1. Exceptions
  1. If any transaction described in paragraph 4.1 of this section E. consists of a whole dollar amount, e.g., $5.00, no Save Your Change Transfer will be made.
  2. If, at the time of settlement of a transaction, the Varo Bank Account has insufficient available funds to cover the full amount of a Save Your Change deposit, the Save Your Change deposit will not be completed.
  3. Retroactive Save Your Change deposits are not supported. This means that even if you later make a deposit or a credit posts to your Varo Bank Account, any previously incomplete Automatic Savings Transfers will not post to your Varo Savings Account.
  4. If after settlement, a qualifying transaction is canceled or reversed for any reason (including disputes), the corresponding Save Your Change deposit will not be reversed from the Varo Savings Account.