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Meet SpotMe – Overdraw Fee-Free

By Kaye Oleo
September 4, 2019

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Today, we’re excited to announce one of our most requested features of all time. 🎉

Meet SpotMe, a new service from Chime that allows eligible members to make debit card purchases and cash withdrawals with no overdraft fees. Today we’re announcing the rollout of overdrafts up to $200.*

It’s time to say goodbye to the overdraft fee. 👋 With SpotMe, we’ll simply apply your next deposit into your Chime Checking Account to your negative balance. It’s that easy!

The overdraft fee epidemic

A few small purchases each month can wind up costing Americans hundreds of dollars per year in overdraft fees when using traditional overdraft protection. Let’s look at the numbers:



Yeah, we’ll just let that sink in. 🤯

We’ve launched a beta and saved members over $200 million

Before releasing a full version to the public, we rolled out a private beta version and tested SpotMe with a sample of hundreds of thousands of Chime members. During our beta, we saved our members over $200 million** in overdraft fees, giving them the freedom to pay for everyday necessities including groceries, food, and transportation.

We have your back

By now you may have noticed we like to do things differently here. We challenge the status quo because we believe you deserve financial peace of mind. That’s why we built SpotMe.

Our goal with SpotMe is to help Chime members avoid overdraft fees and worry less, so that they can focus on the more important things in their lives. 💚

How it works

Chime members who have activated their Chime debit card and receive a qualifying direct deposit of $200 or more a month are eligible to enroll. SpotMe Limits start at $20 and can be increased up to $200 or more by Chime, based on factors such as account activity and history.

1. We’ll notify you in the Chime app when you’re eligible to enroll in SpotMe.  


2. When you make a debit card purchase and cash withdrawals that exceed your balance, we’ll spot you up to your SpotMe limit.

3. When your next deposit arrives in Chime, we’ll apply it to your negative balance.

Pay it forward with a tip

Our SpotMe service is completely free and relies on tips from Chime members to stay that way. When your next deposit arrives, and your negative balance is repaid, we’ll give you the option to pay it forward. Also, note that whether or not you tip won’t affect your SpotMe eligibility.  

Next time you’re in a bind and need a little extra cushion to cover a debit card purchase and cash withdrawal, don’t worry – we can spot you! 💚

Have additional questions? Check out our SpotMe FAQ’s.

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*Chime SpotMe is an optional, no fee service that requires a single deposit of $200 or more in qualifying direct deposits to the Chime Checking Account each month. All qualifying members will be allowed to overdraw their account up to $20 on debit card purchases and cash withdrawals initially, but may be later eligible for a higher limit of up to $200 or more based on member's Chime Account history, direct deposit frequency and amount, spending activity and other risk-based factors. Your limit will be displayed to you within the Chime mobile app. You will receive notice of any changes to your limit. Your limit may change at any time, at Chime's discretion. Although there are no overdraft fees, there may be out-of-network or third party fees associated with ATM transactions. SpotMe won't cover non-debit card transactions, including ACH transfers, Pay Friends transfers, or Chime Checkbook transactions. See Terms and Conditions.
** Data based on Chime's SpotMe program as of August 29th, 2019. Total avoided overdraft fees calculated from the number of total SpotMe transactions multiplied by the average overdraft fee in America ($34).

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