ECOM Financial Corp.

May 15, 2006 16:00 ET

ECOM Financial Signs with First Bank of Delaware to Issue eCOM Prepaid MasterCard'R' Card

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - May 15, 2006) -

Certegy Card Services will provide card processing services for the eCOM Prepaid MasterCard

ECOM Financial Corp., Stuart, Florida and EcomCard Canada Inc., Port Perry, Ontario, developer and marketer of the eCOM prepaid gift card, has entered into an agreement with First Bank of Delaware, Wilmington, DE, to issue the eCOM Prepaid MasterCard.

The eCOM Prepaid MasterCard addresses a multi-trillion dollar worldwide market, offering consumers a convenient, prepaid, non-personalized, non-reloadable option for gift giving. The prepaid MasterCard gift card can be used anywhere Debit MasterCard is accepted and will be distributed under affinity and co-promotional programs through multiple well-known retailers and other channels, directly to the consumer.

"We are extremely excited about the potential offered by the eCOM Prepaid MasterCard and look forward to working very closely with ECOM Financial Corp. in making this unique prepaid gift card a success," said Alonzo Primus, executive vice president of First Bank of Delaware. "The eCOM program is an instant issue, convenient gift card for consumers."

"MasterCard applauds the collaboration between First Bank of Delaware and ECOM Financial Corp. to make the eCOM Prepaid MasterCard available to consumers," said Ted Dargan, vice president, Stored Value, MasterCard International.

"We could not be more pleased with the support we have received from First Bank of Delaware and MasterCard International in preparation for the launch of the eCOM Prepaid MasterCard," said Isidore Papadopoulos, CEO of ECOM Financial Corp.

In development for several years, with the collaboration of several industry veterans, the eCOM Prepaid MasterCard incorporates unique marketing and security features, and addresses the needs of a large proportion of the marketplace.

Certegy Card Services, Inc., St. Petersburg, Florida, a wholly owned subsidiary of Fidelity National Information Services, Inc., will provide card processing services for the eCOM Prepaid MasterCard.

"Certegy is proud to have been chosen as the processor of the eCOM Prepaid MasterCard and looks forward to the added growth ECOM anticipates in the prepaid industry," said Robert Bream, president of North America Card Services for Certegy Card Services, Inc.

About ECOM Financial Corp.

Headquartered in Stuart, Florida with wholly owned subsidiary, EcomCard Canada Inc., in Port Perry, Ontario, ECOM is a developer and marketer of prepaid, mass marketed, non-personalized and non-reloadable, instant issue gift cards under the Debit MasterCard brand. Using innovative marketing programs, eCOM strives to enhance the consumer's gift card experience with value added features only available through eCOM distribution channels. Consumers may use eCOM prepaid gift cards for purchases everywhere Debit MasterCard is accepted. For more information go to

About MasterCard International

MasterCard International is a leading global payments solutions company that provides a broad variety of innovative services in support of our global members' credit, deposit access, electronic cash, business-to-business and related payment programs. MasterCard manages a family of well-known, widely accepted payment card brands including MasterCard®, Maestro® and Cirrus® and serves financial institutions, consumers and businesses in over 210 countries and territories. The MasterCard award-winning Priceless® advertising campaign is now seen in 106 countries and in 50 languages, giving the MasterCard brand a truly global reach and scope. For more information go to

About First Bank of Delaware

First Bank of Delaware is a full-service, state-chartered commercial bank, whose deposits are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). The Bank provides diversified financial products through two locations in New Castle County, Delaware and additionally offers a variety of loan and card products nationally, to the underbanked.

For more information on First Bank of Delaware, please visit our website at

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