In many ways, credit cards make our lives easier. So long as you are realistic about how much you use your credit card, they can be a great way to take advantage of perks such as travel points or cash back rewards. This being said, they can also be a source of frustration when they are lost or stolen or if someone had made fraudulent charges. Here are some tips on reducing the risk of credit card fraud.
1. Keep your credit cards safe.
Always confirm you have your credit card back in your possession before you leave the store or restaurant. Avoid credit card skimming at restaurants by paying at the terminal rather than giving your credit card to a server for processing. Don’t sign blank credit card receipts.
2. Shred, shred, shred!
Shred anything with your credit card number on it. If you make a credit card purchase at a store or restaurant that keeps a copy of the receipt, be sure to scratch out your credit card number with a pen.
3. Avoid giving out your credit card information.
Only give out your credit card number or other sensitive information on calls you initiate to customer service using the number on the back of your credit card. Don’t return calls to a phone number left on your answering machine and don’t give your credit card number to anyone who calls you requesting the number.
4. Be safe with your credit card online.
Don’t click on email links from anyone pretending to be your bank, credit card company, or other business who uses your personal information, even if the email looks legitimate. These links are often phishing scams and want to trick you into entering your login information on their fake website. Only enter your credit card number on secure websites that you can be 100% sure are legitimate. Be careful of what information data you share over Wi-Fi – especially your online banking.
5. Report lost or stolen credit cards immediately.
Most credit card companies have 24-hour service for this reason. The sooner you report it the less likely fraudulent charges will be made.
6. Review your billing statements each month.
This is the way to ensure that you notice strange charges and report them right away. Contact your credit card company to inquire about any strange transactions or incorrect charges.
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