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Protect Your Debit & Credit Card Information

Here are some tips to help protect yourself from debit and credit card fraud.

Do:

  • Sign your cards as soon as they arrive
  • Carry your cards separately from your wallet, in a zippered compartment, a
    business card holder, or another small pouch
  • Keep a record of your account numbers, their expiration dates, and the phone
    number and address of each company in a secure place
  • Keep an eye on your card during the transaction, and get it back as quickly as
    possible
  • Void incorrect receipts
  • Destroy carbons
  • Save receipts to compare with billing statements
  • Open bills promptly and reconcile accounts monthly, just as you would your
    checking account
  • Report any questionable charges promptly and in writing to the card issuer
  • Notify card companies in advance of a change in address
  • Always safeguard your card's info, including the PIN
  • If you lose your card, report it immediately

Don't:

  • Lend your card(s) to anyone
  • Give out your PIN
  • Leave cards or receipts lying around
  • Sign a blank receipt. When you sign a receipt, draw a line through any blank
    spaces above the total
  • Write your account number on a postcard or the outside of an envelope
  • Give out your account number over the phone unless you're making the call to a
    company you know is reputable. If you have questions about a company, check it
    out with your local consumer protection office or Better Business Bureau

For more information on credit card fraud, go to www.ftc.gov.

 

 

 




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