Atlanta Internet Bank has begun issuing Visa Check cards.

The bank, which competes in the virtual category against Security First Network Bank, also of Atlanta, said its customers number in the thousands and come from all 50 states and more than a dozen foreign countries.

D.R. Grimes, vice chairman and chief executive officer, said the debit card program is in keeping with the bank's commitment to convenience. "Convenience and extraordinary interest rates are what drove thousands of customers to us in the first place," he said.

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